Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Esophageal Fungus Overview

Another name for Esophageal Fungus is Candidal Esophagitis.

What is candidal esophagitis?
A person with candidal esophagitis has swelling and irritation of the esophagus that is due to a fungal infection. Candidal esophagitis may start as a fungal infection in the mouth. Candidal esophagitis most often occurs with conditions that weaken the immune system, such as diabetes, an organ transplant, chemotherapy or AIDS.

What are the symptoms of candidal esophagitis?
Symptoms of candidal esophagitis may include difficulty swallowing, sore throat, throat redness, mouth or tongue pain, and white patches on the surface of the mouth and throat.

How does the doctor treat candidal esophagitis?
Treatment for candidal esophagitis includes antifungal medications.

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Last Updated: Oct 2, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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