Laboratory diagnosis of candidiasis


The burden of Candidiasis continues to increase and so does the Candida species. Although Candida species are closely similar phenotypically, they differ from each other in terms of epidemiology, genetic characteristics, antifungal susceptibility and virulence profile. Therefore, reliable and accurate laboratory methods for identification of Candida species can determine the Candidiasis burden and enable the administration of the most appropriate antifungal drug therapy to reduce fungal mortality rates. Conventional and biochemical methods are often used in identification of Candida species. However, these techniques are specific and sensitive enough in detecting the non albicans candida (NAC) species. Molecular techniques have improved the laboratory diagnosis and management of Candidiasis due to improved sensitivity and specificity threshold. This chapter provides an overview of different laboratory methods for diagnosis of Candidiasis.



Candida, Identification, Candidiasis, Laboratory, Diagnosis, Non-C., Albicans


Musinguzi, B., Sande, O. J. , Mboowa, G., Baguma, A., Itabangi, H., & Achan, B. (2022). Laboratory Diagnosis of Candidiasis. In (Ed.), Candida and Candidiasis [Working Title]. IntechOpen.