J Clin Pathol 15:563-565 doi:10.1136/jcp.15.6.563
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Serum tube identification of Candida albicans

  1. D. W. R. Mackenzie
  1. Department of Microbiology, The Queen's University of Belfast


      The production of filaments (germ tubes) by cells of Candida albicans in serum tubes permits presumptive identification to be made within two to three hours. The proportion of yeast-like cells forming filaments is progressively decreased with increasing cell concentration. The test is effective over a comparatively wide range of temperatures and using different types and concentrations of sera.