Candida bloodstream infection, a dire complication in hospitalized COVID-19 patients: Three cases from a single center in Northern Israel

Shay Brikman, Guy Dori, Carmel Kasher, Anna Yanovskay, Merav Strauss, Raul Colodner, Naiel Bisharat, Bibiana Chazan

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Abstract

Background: Patients with severe coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) are susceptible to superimposed infections. Objectives: To describe COVID-19 patients who presented with complications due to Candida bloodstream co-infection (candidemia) and their outcome in a single center in northern Israel (Emek Medical Center) during the second outbreak of COVID-19 in Israel (15 June 2020 to 20 September 2020). Methods: A retrospective study of COVID-19 patients presenting with candidemia was conducted, including clinical and laboratory data. The incidence of candidemia among hospitalized COVID-19 patients was compared to a historical cohort of nonCOVID-19 controls. Results: Three COVID-19 patients complicated with candidemia were documented. All three patients died shortly after the detection of candidemia. Three different Candida sp. were isolated from the blood cultures: C. albicans, C. parapsilosis, and C. glabrata. The incidence of candidemia among COVID-19 patients was 0.679 episodes per 1000 hospital days. Conclusions: Our small sample suggests a much higher incidence of candidemia among COVID-19 patients compared to a historical cohort of non-COVID-19 controls. All clinicians treating COVID-19 patients in general intensive care units should be aware of this complication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-617
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume23
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Blood culture
  • Candidemia
  • Central venous catheters
  • Co-infection
  • Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19)
  • Personal protective equipment

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