Maternal sepsis, chorioamnionitis, and congenital Candida kefyr infection in premature twins

Carol Pineda, Ashlesha Kaushik, Helen Kest, Brian Wickes, Adel Zauk

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This is the first reported case of maternal sepsis and placental transmission of Candida kefyr to premature fraternal twins. The mother consumed organic dairy products regularly throughout her pregnancy and developed sepsis with chorioamnionitis caused by C. kefyr. The twins developed respiratory distress at birth. The placenta, fetal membranes, and umbilical cords showed numerous colonies of yeasts, subsequently identified as C. kefyr. C. kefyr sepsis in preterm neonates should be considered when there is a significant maternal history of organic dairy product consumption during pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)320-322
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • Candida kefyr
  • neonate
  • sepsis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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