FREQUENCY OF CANDIDURIA AND ITS ANTIFUNGAL SUSCEPTIBILITY IN GERIATRIC POPULATION IN TMMC & RC MORADABAD (U.P)
Farha, Shweta R. Sharma* and Umar Farooq
Introduction: Candida species are the most common cause of fungal infections leading to a range of life threatening invasive to non-invasive diseases. Urinary tract infections as a result of Candida species is becoming increasingly common in hospitalized setting particularly in intensive care units. Epidemiological surveillance indicates that Candida species are now one of the most common pathogens causing nosocomial blood stream and urinary tract infection. This study was aimed to determine the frequency of candiduria and its antifungal susceptibility in geriatric population in TMMC & RC, Moradabad (U.P). Material and Methods: the present study included 100 patients admitted to IPD wards in our hospital. The urine from catheter is collected from each patients and subjected to culture and antifungal susceptibility testing. Result: A total number of 442 clinically suspected urine samples were processed in which 100 isolates were positive for candida species. Out of 100 samples, 40 % were Candida albicans and 60% were non albicans Candida (NAC). Conclusion: Candida albicans has shown high level of resistance to fluconazole(60%), while Non albicans candida has shown high level of resistance to fluconazole.
Keywords: Candida, Antifungal Susceptibility, urinary tract infection (UTI).
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