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Volume 46, Number 4, August 2013

Catheter-related fungemia caused by Candida dubliniensis 

Chih-Cheng Lai, Hsih-Yeh Tsai, Tsung-Chain Chang, Po-Ren Hsueh

Received: March 19, 2012    Revised: September 1, 2012    Accepted: October 1, 2012   


Corresponding author:

Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University, College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan.
E-mail address: (P.-R. Hsueh). 


Background and purpose: 

Infections caused by Candida dubliniensis in humans are rare and have never been reported in Taiwan. We report two cancer patients with catheter-related fungemia due to C. dubliniensis infection in Taiwan. The two isolates were confirmed to the species level using an oligonucleotide array system and sequence analysis, and both showed high in vitro susceptibilities to nine antifungal agents. The catheters were removed, and both patients responded well to antifungal treatment. Although this type of infection is rare, physicians should consider C. dubliniensis as one of the possible pathogens causing catheter-related infections in Taiwan. 


Key words:

Candida albicans; Candida dubliniensis; Catheter-related candidemia