Factors influencing recovery in patients with hemoblastoses and candidemia


Aim. To study the factors influencing the results of treatment for candidemia (CE) in patients with blood system tumors. Subjects and methods. The investigation enrolled patients with hemoblastoses and CE. 30-day all-cause mortality was analyzed. Results. In an 8-year period (2006—2013), CE was diagnosed in 55 patients (median age, 50 years); there was a preponderance of patients with lymphomas (47%) and acute leukemias (27%). The causative agents of CE were C. albicans (38%), С. parapsilosis (17%), С. krusei (11%), C. guilliermondii (11%), C. lusitaniae (6%), C. tropicalis (6%), С. glabrata (3%), С. famata (3%), C. pelliculosa (3%), and C. kefyr (2%). 30-day all-cause mortality was 43.6%. Recovery was statistically significantly more frequently seen following removal of a central venous catheter (67% versus 13%; p=0.004; odds ratio (OR), 14); after use of an antifungal drug on day 1 of isolation of Candida spp. from blood cultures (62% versus 13%; p=0.01; OR, 12); and that of echocandin as a first-line agent (86% versus 42%; p=0.005; OR, 8.4). The poor predictors were septic shock (5% recovery rate versus 86% in the patients without this factor; p<0.0001; OR, 0.01), granulocytopenia (42% versus 88%; p=0.001; OR, 0.1); use of amphotericin B as a first-line drug (26% versus 71%; p=0.002; OR, 0.15); hemoblastosis recurrence or resistance (39% versus 73%; p=0.01; OR, 0.24). Multivariate analysis showed the positive impact of antifungal administration on day 1 of isolation of Candida spp. from blood cultures on treatment results (p=0.03; OR, 27). Conclusion. High mortality rates were noted in the patients with hemoblastoses and CE. The recovery rates were statistically significantly higher after use of echinocandin as a first-line agent, after that of an antifungal agent on day 1 of positive blood cultures, after removal of a central venous catheter, and hemoblastosis remission.


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