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Mycoses. 1990 Nov-Dec;33(11-12):543-7.

Malassezia furfur colonization of neonates in an intensive care unit.

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Department of Pediatrics, Turku University Central Hospital, Finland.


We studied Malassezia furfur colonization of neonates in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and found that the rate was astonishingly high as compared to the previous studies. In very low birth weight (less than 1,000 g) infants we recorded a colonization rate of 80%, and 4% infants with a birth weight greater than 2,000 g. Under 10 day's hospitalization the rate was 11%, and it was 70% after 20 days spent in the unit. Among the infants with the birth weight less than 1,700 g, antibiotic therapy was recorded as a significant risk factor for colonization. In the infants with a greater birth weight, the colonization rate was independent from the risk factors studied. M. furfur colonization could not be linked with occurrence of any symptoms of signs recorded and colonization by M. furfur was so common in NICU that the predictive value of surveillance cultures is poor.

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