Clinical Utility of the T2Candida NPV

57-year-old male transferred to long-term acute care (LTAC) facility for long-term ventilatory support and rehabilitation.

Discussion

This case highlights how the high negative predictive value (NPV) of the T2Candida Panel enables the ability to rule out the five most common Candida species in a clinical setting. In this case, because of the rapid negative result, antifungal therapy could be de-escalated early in the patient’s course.

Presentation

57-year-old male transferred to long-term acute care (LTAC) facility for long-term ventilatory support and rehabilitation. On Day 6 of admission to LTAC, the patient spiked a fever of 100.9 F with increased oxygen requirements and drainage from enterocutaneous fistula. The patient has a history of penetrating abdominal trauma, tracheostomy, and multiple re-explorations/evacuations of intra-abdominal abscesses, partial gastrectomy, and placement of abdominal wound VACs.

Patient Selection Criteria

Multiple abdominal surgeries, empiric use of micafungin

Evaluation and Treatment

Diagnosis

Sepsis from intra-abdominal infection and/or possible pneumonia

Empiric Therapy

The patient was switched from ceftriaxone to imipenem/cilastatin, vancomycin, and micafungin for suspected abdominal sepsis and possible pneumonia.

Blood Culture Result

No growth

Tracheal Aspirate Culture Result

No growth

Urine Culture

Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium

T2Candida Panel Result

Negative for the five target pathogens

Decision making based on the T2Candida Result

T2Candida was negative, therefore micafungin was discontinued after only a single dose.

Blood and sputum cultures demonstrated ‘no growth’ after 48 hours. Urine culture was positive for VRE, so vancomycin was switch to linezolid on day 3 of antimicrobial therapy. The patient completed a course of antibacterials x 10 days total.

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