Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2738


The significance of Candida infections of medical implants

Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru-Zaria, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 27 September 2006
  •  Published: 31 October 2006



Infection of medical implants is acquired at the time of instrumentation or surgery. It is an early complication of this intrusive procedure. Biofilm formation on implanted implants such as dentures, catheters or a prosthetic heart valve may lead to Candida infections.  Factors affecting the biofilm formation and the risk factors associated with the implantation of the various medical devices are highlighted in this paper. The modification of biomaterial surface with anti–infective agents to enhance biocompatibility of the indwelling medical devices is discussed. 


Key wordsCandida albicans, medical implants, biofilm, biomaterial manufacture.