M173-1

Urine (catheter): >100 x 10^6 CFU/L Candida albicans  – Shipped November 06, 2017

HISTORY

A simulated catheter urine sample collected from a 54 year old male patient in ICU was sent to category A, B, and C laboratories.

Participants were expected to identify Candida albicans and report colony count.

 

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M173-1

  1. If a patient is thought to have a true Candida urinary tract infection, knowledge of the species is crucial because many isolates of C. albicans are generally viewed as susceptible to all treatment options, but some C. glabrata and all isolates of C. krusei are resistant to fluconazole, the standard treatment.

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