European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 16–20

Possible Role of Catheters in Saccharomyces boulardii Fungemia

  • C. Hennequin
  • C. Kauffmann-Lacroix
  • A. Jobert
  • J. P. Viard
  • C. Ricour
  • J. L. Jacquemin
  • P. Berche
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s100960050003

Cite this article as:
Hennequin, C., Kauffmann-Lacroix, C., Jobert, A. et al. EJCMID (2000) 19: 16. doi:10.1007/s100960050003

Abstract

 Four cases of Saccharomyces boulardii fungemia, a very rare side effect of Saccharomyces boulardii therapy, are reported. The clinical impact of Saccharomyces boulardii infection appeared to be moderate. However, even though organ involvement was never demonstrated, septic shock with no other etiology was observed in one of our patients. All patients had an indwelling vascular catheter. Contamination of the air, environmental surfaces, and hands following the opening of a packet suggests that catheter contamination may have been a source of infection. To prevent catheter contamination it is recommended that packets or capsules of Saccharomyces boulardii be opened with gloves, outside the patient's room.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Hennequin
    • 1
  • C. Kauffmann-Lacroix
    • 4
  • A. Jobert
    • 2
  • J. P. Viard
    • 3
  • C. Ricour
    • 2
  • J. L. Jacquemin
    • 4
  • P. Berche
    • 1
  1. 1.Service de Microbiologie, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, 75015 Paris, FranceFR
  2. 2.Service de Réanimation Digestive, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, 75015 Paris, FranceFR
  3. 3.Service d'Immunologie Clinique, Hôpital Necker-Enfants Malades, 75015 Paris, FranceFR
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Parasitologie et de Mycologie Médicale, CHU La Milétrie, 86021 Poitiers, FranceFR
  5. 5.Service de Parasitologie, Mycologie et Médecine Tropicale (Prof. C. Raccurt) CHU d'Amiens, 80054 Amiens Cédex 1, France e-mail: chennequin@yahoo.comFR