Prevalence of Candida Albicans Among Women Diagnosed with Vaginosis in Tripoli

Short communication


Haifa El khoja, Abdulaziz Zorgani

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Al-Fateh Medical University Tripoli, Libya

JMJ 2009,Vol.9, No.3: 215-217


Objective: To determine the prevalence and age distribution of different Candida species among women diagnosed with vaginosis. Material and Method: Microbiological examination of high vaginal swabs obtained from 206 women who complained of recurrent vaginal discharge. Gram stain and wet mount preparation, culture, germ tube test, and a special API system were used for identification of Candida species. Result: Overall 71% of patients with vaginal discharge were infected with vaginitis. Candidiasis was found in 25% of vaginitis cases, C. albicans was the predominant species, 50% compared with Torulopsis glabrat isolated in 25%, and C. tropicals 7.6 %, while C. mongolia, C. krusei, and C. prpasilosis were all 3.8 % respectively, and other species only 5.7 %. C. albicans was isolated in 54% of age group 25-34 years, while T. glabrata was isolated in 54% of age group 35-44 years. Conclusion: Yeast infection caused by C. albicans represented the highest percentage of candidiasis among women diagnosed with vaginosis, with almost 54% among age group 25-34 years. We suggest that performing the aetiological diagnosis and genotyping of strains associated with candidiasis is necessary in order to institute appropriate therapeutic and preventive measures.

Keywords: Vaginitis, Candidiasis, Candida albicans .