Misidentification of Candida parapsilosis as C famata in a clinical case of vertebral osteomyelitis

Am J Med Sci. 2011 Jan;341(1):71-3. doi: 10.1097/MAJ.0b013e3181f54dab.

Abstract

A case of vertebral osteomyelitis involving misidentification of Candida parapsilosis as C famata by the VITEK 2 compact is described. Species-specific primers were used in the polymerase chain reaction to correctly identify the clinical isolate. When uncommon species of Candida are reported using automated systems, heightened clinical suspicion is warranted.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Candida / classification
  • Candida / isolation & purification*
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis / microbiology*
  • Fluconazole / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae*
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / drug therapy
  • Osteomyelitis / microbiology*
  • Spinal Diseases / drug therapy
  • Spinal Diseases / microbiology*

Substances

  • Antifungal Agents
  • Fluconazole