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Oesophageal Candidiasis

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Reviewed by: Dr. Kristen Dority

Infection of the oesophagus by Candida albicans (yeast-like fungus). Usually occurs in the immunocompromised individual (AIDS or following chemotherapy). As with thrush or oral candidiasis, ulcers that are often accompanied by white plaques or hardened surfaces present themselves in oesophageal candidiasis. Oesophageal candidiasis is not uncommon and can be a symptom of a secondary infection. Patients who are immune-suppressed or on wide-spectrum antibiotics have a much higher chance of being infected. Candidiasis of the esophagus, trachea, bronchi or lungs is associated with HIV and is one indicator of the transition to full-blown AIDS.

Last updated: May-03-07

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