Comparison of Three Commercial Systems for Identification of Yeasts Commonly Isolated in the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

J Clin Microbiol. 1999 Jun;37(6):1967-70.


We evaluated three commercial systems (RapID Yeast Plus System; Innovative Diagnostic Systems, Norcross, Ga.; API 20C Aux; bioMerieux-Vitek, Hazelwood, Mo.; and Vitek Yeast Biochemical Card, bioMerieux-Vitek) against an auxinographic and microscopic morphologic reference method for the ability to identify yeasts commonly isolated in our clinical microbiology laboratory. Two-hundred one yeast isolates were compared in the study. The RapID Yeast Plus System was significantly better than either API 20C Aux (193 versus 167 correct identifications; P < 0.0001) or the Vitek Yeast Biochemical Card (193 versus 173 correct identifications; P = 0.003) for obtaining correct identifications to the species level without additional testing. There was no significant difference between results obtained with API 20C Aux and the Vitek Yeast Biochemical Card system (P = 0.39). The API 20C Aux system did not correctly identify any of the Candida krusei isolates (n = 23) without supplemental testing and accounted for the major differences between the API 20C Aux and RapID Yeast Plus systems. Overall, the RapID Yeast Plus System was easy to use and is a good system for the routine identification of clinically relevant yeasts.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Candida / classification
  • Candida / isolation & purification
  • Candidiasis / diagnosis
  • Cryptococcosis / diagnosis
  • Cryptococcus / classification
  • Cryptococcus / isolation & purification
  • Humans
  • Mycology / methods
  • Mycoses / blood
  • Mycoses / diagnosis*
  • Mycoses / microbiology
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Rhodotorula / classification
  • Rhodotorula / isolation & purification
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / classification
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae / isolation & purification
  • Yeasts / classification*
  • Yeasts / isolation & purification*