|Patient: 37 year old male|
|History: A 37 year old male with a history of HIV/AIDS who presented with difficulty swallowing and feelings similar to that of food getting stuck in his throat.|
|Findings: Double contrast esophagram shows a diffusely irregular esophagus with a shaggy appearance of the mucosa.|
|Diagnosis: Candidial Esophagitis|
| Discussion: |
The most frequent cause of fungal infection of the esophagus is Candida and the species is predominantly Candida albicans. It is also called moniliasis. Candida albicans is a frequent cause of infection of the esophagus seen in AIDS patients. The lesions are membranous, visible as white plaques or with an ulcerative aspect. Radiographic features are small filling defects on the barium contrast study due to small mucosal plaques oriented along the long axis of the esophagus and to edema of the submucosa. In advanced cases a specific pattern characterized by an irregular ragged and shaggy mucosal contour due to mucosal ulcerations and overlying pseudomembranes is visible
|References: http://eu.amershamhealth.com/medcyclopaedia/volume%20iv%201/oesophagitis%20infectious%20fungal.asp# Referenced on 10/13/2003|
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Case Number: 182563Last Updated: 11-23-2005 The reader is fully responsible for confirming the accuracy of this content.
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