1404-1

Throat: Candida albicans – Shipped April 2014

HISTORY

This sample was sent as a simulated throat culture. Laboratories were expected to isolate and identify Candida albicans. Laboratories were also expected to perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) within their possibilities or refer the sample for testing.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from 1404-1

  • Candida species are normal flora of the oral tract. Laboratories may have written protocols to indicate that unless there is a special yeast request or the patient is HIV or immunocompromised, these fungi are considered oral flora and would not be worked up from a throat specimen.
  • Oropharyngeal candidiasis OPC) is an opportunistic mucosal infection caused, in most cases, by Candida albicans although it can also be caused by C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, and C. krusei.

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