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A known HIV/AIDS patient comes into the ER while you're on duty. She complains of dysphagia to the point that she has not taken any food or water in two days. She is a very thin and frail female. The most likely infectious cause of her dysphagia is which of the following?

A. Candidal esophagitis

B. CMV esophagitis

C. Cryptococcal esophagitis

D. Herpes simplex esophagitis

E. HIV encephalopathy


Candida albicans is a very common cause of esophagitis and overgrowth in the respiratory tract of HIV patients.


Yes and we could Rx this opportunistic yeast /psuedohyphae with an imadazole, nystatin, fluconazole or Amphotericin B. (normal flora)

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