A Woman’s Bladder Is Making Alcohol Like a Microbrewery

Tests show alcohol in a woman’s urine without her drinking any

For the first time, doctors identified a woman who urinated alcohol without drinking it as Her bladder is working like a real microbrewery.



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This is currently a unique case worldwide that was identified a few months ago by doctors at the University of Pittsburgh. They first examined the file of a 61-year-old woman suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and diabetes. Both diseases are often associated with heavy drinking. This woman should be put on a waiting list for a future liver transplant. However, when the doctors performed the tests, they found significant traces of alcohol in her urine. Although the patient strongly denied drinking, she still was not put on the transplant list.

Poorly controlled diabetes was suspected

A few weeks later, she was tested again. Again, the doctors found traces of alcohol in her urine, but not in her blood. At a loss, the medical team decided to conduct more tests. At that time, the doctors found a strain of yeast called Candida glabrata. This is a fungus that corresponds to beer yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). In fact, this is not unusual, but the fact that this woman suffered from poorly controlled diabetes led doctors to believe that the yeast fermented the sugar to produce alcohol.



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