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how to diagnose candida esophagitis?
Apr 24, 2001

Would a culture for thrush also determine candida esophogitis?

Response from Dr. Feinberg

Not necessarily, because you can have thrush in the mouth without having infection of the esophagus and vice versa. Candida esophagitis can be diagnosed by looking in the esophagus (endoscopy), by an X-ray called a barium swallow and by a response to antifungal therapy in people who have typical symptoms (pain in mid-chest with swallowing, difficulty swallowing, a feeling that food gets "stuck" in the chest).


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