Folia Microbiologica

, Volume 49, Issue 5, pp 601–604

Otomycoses of candidal origin in eastern Slovakia

  • E. Dorko
  • A. Jenča
  • M. Orenčák
  • S. Virágová
  • E. Pilipčinec
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF02931541

Cite this article as:
Dorko, E., Jenča, A., Orenčák, M. et al. Folia Microbiol (2004) 49: 601. doi:10.1007/BF02931541

Abstract

Mycological analysis of swabs and scraping samples from the external ear canals of 40 patients with clinically diagnosed otomycosis (10 neonates, 30 adults) revealed the presence of fungi as etiological agents. They were investigated microscopically using 20 % potassium hydroxide, and by cultivation on Sabouraud’s glucose agar. TheCandida species were identified using the germ-tube test, micromorphology observations of colonies on rice agar, and particularly by the commercial kit AUXAcolor. The followingCandida species were identified in the aural material examined:C. albicans (n = 21; 52.5 %),C. parapsilosis (11; 27.5),C. tropicalis (3; 7.5),C. krusei (3; 7.5),C. guilliermondii (2; 5.0). The above yeasts were present in samples together withStaphylococcus epidermidis (31),S. aureus (16), α-hemolytic streptococci (14),Neisseria spp. (14),Proteus mirabilis (3),Pseudomonas aeruginosa (3),Escherichia coli (1) andHaemophilus influenzae (1). The most frequent predisposing factors for otomycosis were swimming in public pools and/or bath, spa and diabetes mellitus.

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© Institute of Microbiology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Dorko
    • 1
  • A. Jenča
    • 2
  • M. Orenčák
    • 2
  • S. Virágová
    • 3
  • E. Pilipčinec
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of EpidemiologyŠafárik UniversityKošiceSlovakia
  2. 2.Department of Stomatology and Maxillofacial Surgery, Faculty of MedicineŠafárik UniversityKošiceSlovakia
  3. 3.Neonatal Intensive Care UnitHospital ŠacaKošice-ŠacaSlovakia
  4. 4.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of Veterinary MedicineKošiceSlovakia