Laryngeal Candidiasis Mimicking Malignancy



Isolated laryngeal candidiasis in immunocompetent individuals is a rare entity with fewer than 40 cases reported in the literature. Laryngeal candidiasis secondary to inhaled steroid therapy is usually mild and has been reported in 10% to 15% of patients complaining of dysphonia during treatment. We present a case of laryngeal candidiasis mimicking laryngeal carcinoma in an immunocompetent patient being treated with inhaled fluticasone for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Biopsy of the lesion failed to show any signs of malignancy, and patient responded well to oral fluconazole therapy