An Unusual Case Report of Small Bowel Candida Overgrowth as a Cause of Diarrhea and Review of the Literature
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Candida overgrowth causing diarrhea is rare. There are only a few reported cases of individuals with underlying malignancy, severe immunocompromise, on immunosuppressive therapy or on recent antibiotic therapy who have had Candida-induced diarrhea. It is unclear if individuals without these recognized conditions can have an overgrowth of Candida species in the small bowel resulting in diarrhea. This report is a rare case of an immunocompetent individual with noninvasive small-bowel candidiasis presenting with diarrhea. We also offer a review of the literature.
A 61-year-old man with a past medical history significant for hepatitis C, hypertension, insulin-dependent diabetes, and chronic diarrhea presented to George Washington University Hospital complaining of one week of worsening diarrhea and severe bilateral lower-extremity pain. The patient reported that he had a one-year history of chronic diarrhea. During the week before admission, the diarrhea worsened...
KeywordsDiarrhea Candida Celiac Disease Chronic Diarrhea Lactase