Simultaneous candida albicans and herpes simplex virus type 2 esophagitis in a renal transplant recipient

Imran Gani, Vatsalya Kosuru, Muhammad Saleem, Rajan Kapoor

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Abstract

Renal transplant recipients are prone to opportunistic infections due to iatrogenic immunosuppression. Infectious esophagitis can present as an opportunistic infection in the post-transplant period. Common pathogens are candida, herpes simplex virus (HSV) and cytomegalovirus (CMV). Having a dual infection is uncommon and the diagnoses can be missed at initial presentation. Our patient, a 29-year-old African-American woman, status post deceased-donor-kidney transplant presented with difficulty and pain in swallowing with clinical features suggestive of candida esophagitis, confirmed by fungal culture. She did not get better with antifungal treatment. On further testing, the patient was found to have HSV-2 infection of the oesophagus as well. She received both fluconazole as well as acyclovir that lead to complete resolution of her symptoms. In the right clinical setting, esophagitis can be caused by more than one organism present at the same time and a high level of suspicion is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere230410
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019

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Human Herpesvirus 2
Esophagitis
Candida albicans
Opportunistic Infections
Kidney
Candida
Transplants
Women's Rights
Acyclovir
Fluconazole
Virus Diseases
Simplexvirus
Deglutition
Cytomegalovirus
African Americans
Immunosuppression
Esophagus
Tissue Donors
Pain
Infection

Keywords

  • endoscopy
  • hepatitis and other gi infections
  • infection (gastroenterology)
  • infections
  • renal transplantation

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  • Medicine(all)

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Simultaneous candida albicans and herpes simplex virus type 2 esophagitis in a renal transplant recipient. / Gani, Imran; Kosuru, Vatsalya; Saleem, Muhammad; Kapoor, Rajan.

In: BMJ Case Reports, Vol. 12, No. 8, e230410, 01.08.2019.

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