Mycopathologia

, Volume 156, Issue 1, pp 9–11

Intestinal candidiasis. A clinical report and comments about this opportunistic pathology

Authors

  • D. Ruiz-Sánchez
    • Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of MedicineNational Autonomous University of Mexico
  • L. Calderón-Romero
    • Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of MedicineNational Autonomous University of Mexico
  • J. T. Sánchez-Vega
    • Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of MedicineNational Autonomous University of Mexico
    • Familiar Medicine Unit No. 28 ``Gabriel Mancera''Mexican Institute of Social Security
  • J. Tay
    • Laboratory of Parasitology, Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of MedicineNational Autonomous University of Mexico
Article

DOI: 10.1023/A:1021326713470

Cite this article as:
Ruiz-Sánchez, D., Calderón-Romero, L., Sánchez-Vega, J.T. et al. Mycopathologia (2003) 156: 9. doi:10.1023/A:1021326713470

Abstract

An eight-years-old girl, who presented with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections, was treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. Afterward she presented with intestinal candidiasis. The isolated species was identified as Candida albicans by differential tests. Treatment given was with 500,000 IU of oral nystatin every 8 hours for 10 days and intestinal normal microbiota restoratives. Evolution has been satisfactory, although concomitantly type A hepatitis developed. Rest and a soft diet were recommended. The child is now perfectly healthy with normal liver function tests. Conclusion: Prolonged treatments with broad-spectrum antibiotics destroyed the indigenous intestinal microbiota, which provoked intestinal C. Albicans proliferation and adversely affected the immunological system of the patient, thus facilitating the establishment of a viral infection.

broad-spectrum antibiotics Candida albicans indigenous intestinal microbiota intestinal candidiasis

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