B. CLOTET, M.D.; M. GRIFOL, M.D.; O. PARRA, M.D.; J. BOIX, M.D.; J. JUNCA, M.D.; J. TOR, M.D.; M. FOZ, M.D.
To the editor: Esophagitis caused by Candida albicans is a criterion for diagnosing the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in persons at risk for this syndrome (1). Twenty-four such patients (23 addicts to intravenous heroin and 1 homosexual) with generalized lymphadenopathy, antibodies to the human T-lymphotropic virus type III/lymphadenopathy virus, and a mean T4/T8 ratio of 0.93 (range, 0.13 to 2.2) were examined endoscopically at admission as a staging procedure for a research protocol.
No patient had oral thrush or symptoms of esophageal disease. In four of them, esophagoscopy showed dense plaques of white exudate. Cytologic examination of esophageal brushings showed
CLOTET B, GRIFOL M, PARRA O, BOIX J, JUNCA J, TOR J, et al. Asymptomatic Esophageal Candidiasis in the Acquired-Immunodeficiency- Syndrome-Related Complex. Ann Intern Med. ;105:145. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-105-1-145_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1986;105(1):145.
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