Results. Two hundred ninety-three episodes (313 isolates) of C. glabrata bloodstream infection were analyzed. Resistance to echinocandins increased from 4.9% to 12.3% and to FLC from 18% to 30% between 2001 and 2010, respectively. Among the 78 FLC resistant isolates, 14.1% were resistant to 1 or more echinocandin. Twenty-five (7.9%) isolates harbored a FKS mutation. The predictor of a FKS mutant strain was prior echinocandin therapy (stepwise multivariable analysis, odds ratio, 19.647 [95% confidence interval, 7.19–58.1]). Eighty percent (8/10) of patients infected with FKS mutants demonstrating intermediate or resistant MICs to an echinocandin and treated with an echinocandin failed to respond or responded initially but experienced a recurrence.
Conclusions. Echinocandin resistance is increasing, including among FLC-resistant isolates. The new Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute clinical breakpoints differentiate wild-type from C. glabrata strains bearing clinically significant FKS1/FKS2 mutations. These observations underscore the importance of knowing the local epidemiology and resistance patterns for Candida within institutions and susceptibility testing of echinocandins for C. glabrata to guide therapeutic decision making.
Species based therapy of candida infections may no longer be enough.