It is noticed that the site of the central line is inflamed and pus is present. The central line is removed and the tip is sent to the microbiology laboratory for culture along with a sample of the pus.
The following day the laboratory call say that yeasts are present in one of the blood culture bottles.
Is the presence of yeasts in only one blood culture bottle likely to represent contamination?
What are the risk factors for systemic candida infection (candidaemia)?
What should be done next to confirm this diagnosis?
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