The frequency of fungal infections and in particular those associated with yeasts have increased considerably over the last ten years. The identification of the species, whether as a single agent or of different types, present in a clinical specimen has become indispensable for determining the correct therapeutic option.
CANDICHROM® II Pack (ready-to-pour media) has been designed for the primary isolation of yeasts and filamentous fungi, as well as the presumptive identification of Candida albicans directly from different clinical specimens.
The reconstituted CANDICHROM® II agar plate contains a specific chromogenic substrate, whose hydrolysis enables the direct identification of Candida albicans (blue colonies).
CANDICHROM® II Pack is a ready-to-pour chromogenic medium also containing an enriched supplement that allows a rapid growth of most yeasts with an equivalent growth as Sabouraud agar within 24 hours. The addition of a mixture of antibiotics inhibits the growth of the majority of bacterial contaminants.
Mixed cultures can be identified by macroscopic morphological characteristics.
Easy-to-read and easy-to-interpret results
Results are visualized by a simple observation of the reconstituted CANDICHROM® II chromogenic agar plate. Candida albicans colonies are a dark blue-green color after 24 hours of incubation, with the intensity of the color increasing with time. Differentiation of other yeasts and filamentous fungi is carried out by visual observation of the color and macroscopic morphological characteristics of the colonies as described in the instruction leaflet.