A patient presented with complaints of dysphagia. On UGI Endoscopy a diagnosis of esophageal candidiasis was made. The organism obtained from the sample was cultured on a specialized media and the below findings were visible on microscopy of the culture. What phenomenon is shown below?
Germ tube formation
Mould to yeast formation
Ans. A. Germ tube formation
Tests for species identification:
Germ tube test:
- Reynolds Braude phenomenon, specific test for C. albicans.
- It is differentiated from pseudohyphae as there is no constriction at the origin.
- Though the test is specific for c.albicans. it may also be positive for c. dubliniensis.