Table 3.

Retrospective study of PCR versus culture for the detection of C. albicans in clinical samples

Origin of clinical samplesNo. of samples
TotalPositive by culturePositive by agarose gel electrophoresis with EtBr stainingPositive by ELISAFalse negative by PCRFalse positive by PCR
Blood culture12431293100
Othersa 3220182202b
Total15651475302b
  • a Abdominal fluid (n = 22), pleural fluid (n = 4), bile (n = 3), bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (n = 2), and a skin biopsy specimen (n = 1).

  • b The two samples false positive by PCR were two abdominal fluid samples from patients treated with azole antifungal agents.