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Alternative Names Return to topCandida infection - esophagus; Yeast infection - esophagus
Definition Return to top
Candida esophagitis is a fungal or yeast infection of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
Causes Return to top
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:
Oral thrush or a yeast infection makes an immunocompromised person more likely to get esophagitis.
Symptoms Return to top
Exams and Tests Return to top
Tests that show Candida include:
Treatment Return to top
Antifungal medicines, taken by mouth or injection, are prescribed.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
Esophagitis can usually be treated effectively. The outcome depends upon the underlying immune system problem that makes the person susceptible to the infection.
Possible Complications Return to top
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if you develop symptoms of esophagitis, especially if you know that you are immunosuppressed.
Prevention Return to top
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.Update Date: 11/1/2007 Updated by: Kenneth M. Wener, M.D., Department of Infectious Diseases, Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.