Predisposing factors endorsing Candida infections

Infez Med. 2015 Sep;23(3):211-23.


Candida albicans is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen which is involved in infections ranging from superficial, mucosal to systemic candidiasis. It is the fourth most leading cause of death in nosocomial infections. Candidal infections are increasing at an alarming rate due to poor clinical management in hospital settings, more use of antibiotics, increased drug resistance, immunosuppression and host-pathogen related factors. There are various predisposing factors which can be immunologic or non-immunologic in origin that make a person susceptible to such infections. This review article establishes the need to understand the various predisposing factors leading to Candidal infections and discusses them on a common platform.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
  • Candida albicans / pathogenicity*
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis / epidemiology
  • Candidiasis / microbiology*
  • Cross Infection / complications*
  • Cross Infection / drug therapy
  • Cross Infection / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Italy / epidemiology
  • Risk Factors


  • Antifungal Agents

Supplementary concepts

  • Systemic candidiasis