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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2017, Article ID 2941527, 4 pages
Case Report

Saccharomyces cerevisiae Laryngitis and Oral Lesions in a Patient with Laryngeal Carcinoma

1Department of Health Sciences International, The University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
2Division of Infectious Diseases, The University of California, San Diego, CA, USA
3Division of Pathology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

Correspondence should be addressed to Ajay R. Bharti; ude.dscu@itrahba

Received 12 May 2017; Revised 4 October 2017; Accepted 24 October 2017; Published 26 November 2017

Academic Editor: Gernot Walder

Copyright © 2017 Jumanah N. Algazaq et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Saccharomyces cerevisiae is increasingly being promoted as a nutritional supplement by health food enthusiasts and is also recommended as prophylaxis against antibiotic-associated diarrhea. However, severe opportunistic infections due to S. cerevisiae have been reported in patients with chronic disease, cancer, and immunosuppression. Fungemia, endocarditis, pneumonia, peritonitis, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and esophagitis have been described. It is important to consider infections due to S. cerevisiae in appropriate clinical settings. Here, we describe the first case of S. cerevisiae laryngitis in a patient with a history of laryngeal carcinoma who also had oral lesions.