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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 1993 May;12(5):347-9.

Detection of antibodies to Candida albicans germ tube as a possible aid in diagnosing systemic candidiasis in bone marrow transplant patients.

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Blood Transfusion Centre, Córdoba, Spain.

Abstract

Indirect immunofluorescence assays to detect antibodies to Candida albicans blastospore and germ tube were performed in sera of 29 bone marrow transplant patients. Antibodies to germ tube were present in the sera of six patients, in four of whom a Candida albicans infection was highly probable, while in the other two patients it was not possible to determine the previous course. No healthy blood donors had these antibodies. On the other hand, detection of antibodies to Candida albicans blastospore showed low specificity in the diagnosis of systemic candidiasis. These preliminary findings suggest that the detection of antibodies to Candida albicans germ tube may be an important aid in the diagnosis of systemic candidiasis in bone marrow transplant patients.

PMID:
8354300
DOI:
10.1007/bf01964431
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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