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Obstet Gynecol. 1995 Sep;86(3):326-9.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae vaginitis: transmission from yeast used in baking.

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Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine whether vaginitis due to Saccharomyces cerevisiae can be caused by exposure to exogenous sources of baker's yeast.

METHODS:

Eight women with S cerevisiae vaginitis were identified from a cohort of women referred for the evaluation of chronic vaginal symptoms. In those with high-level exposure to exogenous sources of S cerevisiae, isolates from the vagina and those sources were sent in a blinded fashion for contour-clamped homogeneous electric-field electrophoresis.

RESULTS:

Four women from a cohort of approximately 750 referred patients had high-level exposures to S cerevisiae. In one of these patients, electrophoresis analysis revealed similarities between the strains isolated from her vagina, her husband's fingers, and the yeast he used in his pizza shop.

CONCLUSION:

Saccharomyces cerevisiae vaginitis can be the result of the inoculation of this yeast from exogenous sources.

PMID:
7651635
DOI:
10.1016/0029-7844(95)00174-P
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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