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Candida kefyr, Molecular Detection

The molecular detection for Candida kefyr (Kluyveromyces marxianus) is used for the immediate, with high specificity and sensitivity laboratory diagnosis of the fungus (yeast) in various biological materials. Molecular testing for Candida kefyr (Kluyveromyces marxianus) is included in the 14 different species of Yeast-like Fungi, Molecular Detection MycoScreen™.

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Candida kefyr (Kluyveromyces marxianus), an ascomycetous yeast occasionally isolated from dairy products, has also been isolated from a variety of clinical specimens including invasive samples and from the hands of healthcare workers. Recent reports suggest that C. kefyr is an emerging pathogen in immunocompromised patients, particularly those with hematological diseases. C. kefyr has attracted attention due to its reduced susceptibility to amphotericin B and its ability to acquire resistance to echinocandins rapidly.

Candida kefyr characteristics

  • May be the causative agent of vulvovaginal candidiasis
  • Associated with chronic tonsillitis, chronic pharyngitis, and other mycotic lesions of the upper respiratory tract
  • Associated with the development of candidemia in patients with neoplastic myeloproliferative and lymphoproliferative diseases
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