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
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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. 1986;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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