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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2011 | Volume: 11 | Issue: 16 | Page No.: 2870-2877
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2011.2870.2877
 
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Laboratory Isolation and Identification of Candida Species

Priya Madhavan, Farida Jamal and Pei Pei Chong

Abstract:
The yeast Candida being the main cause of candidiasis is a commonly isolated pathogen from immunocompromised patients. Successfully identifying the species of Candida is important in the treatment and management of the disease. The trend in the resistance acquired by some species of Candida leads to the importance of identification to the species level. This may avoid prescription of antifungal drugs that may not be available to specific species, for instance Candida krusei is intrinsically resistant to fluconazole but Candida parapsilosis may be susceptible. There are many techniques that can be adopted by hospitals or independent diagnostic laboratories to aid in the identification of this yeast. This study reviews various methods of isolation and identification starting from the collection of specimen, transporting them to a diagnostic laboratory followed by staining, microscopy, automated blood culture systems, biochemical tests and molecular techniques that are used for the identification of Candida species. The cost, expertise, laboratory facilities and the population needs of each geographical region should be considered in adopting these techniques for the diagnosis of Candida infections.
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How to cite this article:

Priya Madhavan, Farida Jamal and Pei Pei Chong, 2011. Laboratory Isolation and Identification of Candida Species. Journal of Applied Sciences, 11: 2870-2877.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2011.2870.2877

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2011.2870.2877

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