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Intensive Care Medicine 6/2019

Impact of bronchial colonization with Candida spp. on the risk of bacterial ventilator-associated pneumonia in the ICU: the FUNGIBACT prospective cohort study

Intensive Care Medicine > Ausgabe 6/2019
Jean-Francois Timsit, Carole Schwebel, Lenka Styfalova, Muriel Cornet, Philippe Poirier, Christiane Forrestier, Stéphane Ruckly, Marie-Christine Jacob, Bertrand Souweine
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Respiratory tract Candida spp. colonization is associated with more frequent bacterial ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, this colonization could be causally related to VAP or simply reflect the immune paralysis associated with multiple organ failure.


To prospectively evaluate the relationship between Candida spp. colonization and bacterial VAP in mechanically ventilated patients with multiple organ failure.


Patients receiving mechanical ventilation for > 4 days and presenting multiple organ failure were included. Tracheal colonization with Candida spp. was evaluated at inclusion (day 0, D0) and every 4 days until extubation. Quantitative proximal and tracheal cultures were performed at each VAP episode. Monocyte human leukocyte antigen-DR isotype (mHLA-DR) expression and the ratio of polymononuclear leukocytes to lymphocytes were used to evaluate immunoparalysis at D0 and D7. The relationship between fungal colonization and VAP was modelled using cause-specific models for repeated events with adjustment for time-dependent confounders and immune factors.


A total of 213 patients, with a median age of 64, simplified acute physiology score II (SAPS II) score 55 and sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score 10, mainly admitted for medical reasons (n = 197, 92%), were enrolled in 2012–2015. The median ICU stay was 24 days and the mortality rate was 32% (69 cases). Median mHLA-DR was 5916 Ab-bound/cell [3863–8934]; median lymphocyte count, 0.9Giga/L [0.6–1.3]; neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio, 10.9 [6.5–19.7]. Overall, 146 cases (68.5%) had tracheal colonization with Candida spp. An episode of VAP occurred (either for the first or only time) in 62 (29.1%) cases 5.5 days (median) after D0; a second episode occurred in 12 (5.6%) cases, 15.5 days (median) after D0. After adjustment, bronchial colonization with Candida was not associated with VAP [adjusted cause-specific hazard ratio = 0.98 (0.59–1.65), p = 0.95].


In patients with mechanical ventilation for more than 4 days and multiple organ failure, bronchial colonization with Candida spp. was not associated with VAP, even after adjustment for immune function.

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