Intra-abdominal abscess: Candida glabrata – Shipped May 2015
A simulated intra-abdominal abscess collected from 56 year old male post-op intra-abdominal ICU patient, with sepsis was sent to category A laboratories.
Participants were expected to isolate, identify, and report Candida glabrata. Participants were also expected to correlate the results with the companion Gram smear G151.
MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M151-4
- Ensure that the culture result matches the Gram smear.
- The presence of pure or predominant yeast-like organisms in the Gram smear of a post-operative ICU patient should prompt speciation (or referral for speciation) with possible antifungal susceptibility testing depending on the agent being used for antifungal therapy.