Systemic candidiasis in babies with retinopathy of prematurity

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1992;230(6):592-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00181784.


Fifteen premature babies developed systemic candidiasis during the administration of intravenous hyperalimentation in the Beilinson Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Candida albicans was found in the blood cultures of all the babies and in the urine cultures of 66.7% of them. Repeated funduscopic examinations revealed no evidence of septic embolization in the retinal or choroidal circulation. It should be noted that acute retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) grade 2 or 3 was found in all the babies.

MeSH terms

  • Candida albicans / isolation & purification
  • Candidiasis / complications*
  • Eye Infections, Fungal / complications*
  • Fungemia / complications*
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / complications*
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity / microbiology
  • Urine / microbiology