Fluconazole and itraconazole susceptibility of vaginal isolates from Slovakia

Department of Microbiology and Virology, Comenius University in Bratislava, Presburg, Bratislavský, Slovakia
Mycopathologia (Impact Factor: 1.53). 03/2004; 157(2):163-9. DOI: 10.1023/B:MYCO.0000020594.35357.b0
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Vulvovaginal candidiasis is a common mucosal infection caused by opportunistic yeasts of the Candida genus. In this study, we isolated and identified the yeast species in the vagina of patients treated in the gynecology clinic and tested in vitro activities of fluconazole and itraconazole against 227 clinical yeast isolates by the NCCLS microdilution method. C. albicans (87.6%) was the most frequently identified species followed by C. glabrata (6.2%) and C. krusei (2.2%). Almost thirteen percent of yeast strains were resistant to fluconazole and 18.5% were resistant to itraconazole. Cross-resistance analyses of C. albicans isolates revealed that fluconazole resistance and itraconazole resistance were also associated with decreased susceptibilities to other azole derivatives mainly to ketoconazole and miconazole. At the same time no cross-resistance to polyene antibiotics amphotericin B and nystatin was observed. These results support the notion that antifungal agents used to treat vaginitis may be contributing to the drug resistance problem by promoting cross-resistance to a range of clinically used antifungals.

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    • "Susceptibilities of clinical isolates to FLU and ITR were determined by the broth microdilution method recommended by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards , as described previously [12] [19]. Susceptibilities of isolates to 5FC, 4-NQO and TER were determined by agar broth dilution method using minimal YNB medium buffered to pH 7 (for 5FC and 4-NQO) [19] or pH 6 (for TER) [20]. "

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    • "Symptoms in oral candidosis are mostly general (Abraham, 2011; Gallè et al., 2011) but overgrowth of Candida in the vagina produces localised symptoms of itching, burning and irritation, while abnormal discharge, characterised by cottage cheese-like consistency may also occur. VVC can cause serious discomforts in females and also affects sexual activities (Sojakova et al., 2004) and the increased number of oral (Gallè et al., 2011) and vaginal yeast infections in the past few years has however, been a disturbing trend, with several theories being put forth to explain the apparent increase by opportunistic fungal infections. Some women first attempt to cure vulvovaginal yeast infections with do-ityourself treatments and natural remedies before turning to over-the-counter antifungal preparations (Dun, 1999); whereas, misuse of antifungal agents can also lead to colonisation with less susceptible species and to resistance among normally susceptible strains (Sobel et al., 2001). "
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    • "Sabatelli et al. [25] detected 6.4% resistance to fluconazole in 6,595 Candida isolates. Skrodeniene et al. [26] found 14 (15.1%) of 93 C. albicans strains resistant to fluconazole, while Sojakova et al. [27] reported fluconazole resistance as 13% in 227 Candida isolates. The rates of resistance are reported in a quite wide range in the studies carried out in our country as well. "
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