Risk factors for mortality in children with candidemia

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2005 Aug;24(8):736-9. doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000172938.76561.8e.


We performed a retrospective cohort study of hospitalized children with positive blood cultures for Candida species. Independent risk factors for mortality by multivariable analysis were location in the pediatric intensive care unit at the time of infection (hazard ratio, 6.3; 95% confidence interval, 1.6-24.3) and the presence of an arterial catheter (hazard ratio, 2.4; 95% confidence interval, 1.1-5.8). Our findings help identify a group of pediatric patients that should be targeted for future interventions to prevent and treat candidemia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis / mortality*
  • Child
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Fungemia / drug therapy
  • Fungemia / mortality*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors


  • Antifungal Agents