Candida in Lung Specimens from Non-Neutropenic ICU Patients: Infection or Colonization ?

  • E. Azoulay
  • B. Schlemmer
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Candida is an opportunistic yeast normally found in the oral cavity and gastrointestinal tract. Its ability to multiply and to invade the bloodstream and deep tissues is increasing. This has produced new clinical patterns of systemic disease whose expression is dependent on the immune status of the host. Thus, presence of Candida is intimately linked to the effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer, hematological malignancies, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, malnutrition, corticosteroid therapy, and broad-spectrum antibiotics.


Intensive Care Unit Patient Invasive Candidiasis Candida Colonization Lung Specimen Systemic Candidiasis 
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