The Effect Of Candida Infections On Mortality Of ICU Patients: Results Of Sixty-Three Patients

Adanir, Tayfun; Sencan, Atilla; Aksun, Murat; Karahan, Nagihan; Aran, Gulcin
November 2008
Internet Journal of Emergency & Intensive Care Medicine;2008, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p2
Academic Journal
Backgrounds: The aim of this study was to compare the fungal infections' mortality rates with other our ICU patients having fungal infections' risk factors and prolonged stay. Methods: We performed this retrospective, observational, comparative study on 63 ICU patients with Candida infection and 62 controls. The patients with Candida infection compared with controls for risk factors for fungal infections and mortality. Candida infections were composed of patients with candidemia and candiduria. We also compared candidemia/candiduria cases exclusively to the control group in respect to mortality and morbidity. Results: No statistically significant difference was established for mortality between candida group and controls (50.79 % and 48.38 % respectively, p=0.859]. The mortality rates of candiduria and candidemia groups were also similar (46.66% versus 54.55%, p=0.617]. When we compared with candidemia and controls for mortality rate, there was no statistically differences between them (54.55% versus 48.38, p=0.668]. The mortality rate of the candiduria group was also similar to the controls (46.66% versus 48.38%, p=1). Conclusion: The severity of blood infections developed by Candida is well-known; however candiduria should not dismissed but managed more aggressively. We observed that candiduria had similar mortality rate to candidemia.


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