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Candida esophagitis

  • Definition

    Candida esophagitis is a yeast infection of the esophagus, the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.

    See also:

    • Candida-associated diaper dermatitis
    • Candidiasis - oral
    • Vaginal candidiasis

    Alternative Names

    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:

    • HIV/AIDS
    • Chemotherapy
    • Diabetes
    • Leukemia or lymphoma
    • Organ transplants
    • Other conditions that suppress or weaken the immune system

    If you have a weakened immune system, thrush in the mouth (oral thrush) makes you more likely to get Candida esophagitis.