Candida esophagitis is a fungal or yeast infection of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
Candida infection - esophagus; Yeast infection - esophagus
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Candida esophagitis is caused by the yeast Candida. It occurs when the yeast spreads from the mouth down the esophagus.
The condition is often a sign of a weakened immune system. The following raise your risk for Candida infections:
- Leukemia or lymphoma
- Organ transplants
- Other conditions that suppress or weaken the immune system
Oral thrush or a yeast infection makes an immunocompromised person more likely to get esophagitis.
Signs and tests:
Tests that show Candida include:
Antifungal medicines, taken by mouth or injection, are prescribed.
Esophagitis can usually be treated effectively. The outcome depends upon the underlying immune system problem that makes the person susceptible to the infection.
- Holes in the esophagus
- Recurrent infection
- Spread of Candida to other sites
Calling your health care provider:
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of esophagitis, especially if you know that you are immunosuppressed .
Preventing AIDS lowers your risk for opportunistic infections, such as Candida. Opportunistic infections are infections by organisms that are not normally disease producing, but take advantage of a situation, such as a damaged immune system.
Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of infection.
|Review Date: 11/1/2007|
Reviewed By: Kenneth M. Wener, M.D., Department of Infectious Diseases, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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