Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology
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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 61-65

Esophageal candidiasis among a dyspeptic population


1 Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Dr. Al Mofarrreh's Polyclinic, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Ibrahim Abdulkarim Al Mofleh
Department of Medicine (38), College of Medicine, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2925, Riyadh 11461
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 19864745

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This is a retrospective study of 59 patients endoscoped over a period of six years at a private clinic and were found to have esophageal candidiasis. The median age was 46.38 years. Thirty (51 %) patients had no precipitating factors. Only 18 (30%) patients had typical symptoms. The distal part of the esophagus was more often involved. The thrush was scattered in 57 (97%) patients. The endoscopic finding was confirmed by cytology in all patients included. Symptoms improved on oral nystatin treatment and simultaneous treatment of associated conditions in all 46 patients followed up. In conclusion, esophageal candidiasis appear to be not uncommon among dyspeptic population. It presents more frequently with atypical symptoms and responds well to oral nystatin treatment.


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