Evaluation of candida colonization and use of the candida colonization index in a paediatric intensive care unit: A prospective observational study

Altintop Y. A. , Ergul A. B. , KOÇ A. N. , ATALAY M. A.

Infezioni in Medicina, vol.27, no.2, pp.159-167, 2019 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : Infezioni in Medicina
  • Page Numbers: pp.159-167


© 2019, EDIMES Edizioni Medico Scientifiche. All rights reserved.Invasive candidiasis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality, which primarily occurs in intensive care units. The Candida colonization index is an accepted score as an early warning tool for invasive candidiasis. This study was performed in a medical PICU with patients prone to contracting invasive candidiasis, to determine the usefulness of the Candida colonization index in forecasting invasive candidiasis in children. This prospective study including 87 patients (children 1 month to 16 years old with several illnesses and requiring ICU care) was conducted in a 22-bed medical PICU, Health Science University of Kayseri Training and Research Hospital, between January 2015 and September 2016. Those patients not on antifungal therapy, who were expected to stay more than seven days in PICU and had no history of a PICU stay within the previous two months were included in the study. In all patients, rectal, cervical, throat, axillary, perineal and nasal swab cultures, urine culture and blood culture tests were performed at admission and every week throughout their stay. Overall, 2639 swab and urine cultures (mean: 30.3) and 325 blood cultures (mean: 3.73) were obtained from 87 patients and a total of 576 grew Candida spp. In patients’ swab and urine cultures C. albicans was detected in 64.5%, C. parapsilosis in 12.1%, C. glabrata in 7.5%, Saccharomyces spp in 3.0 %, C. tropicalis in 2.4%, C. krusei in 2.1% and C. kefyr in 1.2%. Three patients had C. albicans and one had C. parapsilosis growth in blood culture. Sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive value for CI were found to be 33.73%, 100%, 6.7%, and 100%, respectively. Patients are at risk of fungal infection in paediatric intensive care units. Specificity and the negative predictive value of 100 % indicate that CI is a useful score to rule out the presence of invasive fungal disease. On the other hand, the low rate of sensitivity (33.3%) and positive predictive value (6,7%) make this score less reliable in forecasting invasive candidiasis in children.