TABLE 1.

Initial Candida albicans PNA FISH compared to identification by routine laboratory methods

Yeast identification by routine methodsInitial C. albicans PNA FISH resultNo. of blood cultures
Candida albicansPositive93
C. albicans and C. glabrataPositive1
C. albicans and C. parapsilosisPositive2
C. albicansaNegative5
C. glabrataNegative74
C. glabrata and C. parapsilosisNegative1
C. parapsilosisNegative18
C. tropicalisNegative21
C. kruseiNegative12
Cryptococcus neoformansNegative6
Saccharomyces cerevisiaeNegative2
S. cerevisiae and C. glabrataNegative1
Other non-C. albicans fungibNegative8
  • a See Table 2 for final identification.

  • b These were all read as yeasts in the Gram stain, and species were determined as follows: 1 each of Candida guilliermondii, Candida kefyr, Candida lusitaniae, Pichia ohmeri, Rhodotorula glutinis, Fusarium sp., Trichosporon sp., and Exophiala dermatitidis.