Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 183–185 | Cite as

Bacterial esophagitis associated with CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia without HIV infection

Possible role of corticosteroid treatment
  • Shauna M. Richert
  • John L. Orchard
Case Report


Although infectious esophagitis is usually due to infection withCandida, herpes virus, or cytomegalovirus, bacterial esophagitis is occasionally observed. Recently, patients have been reported with CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia without HIV infection. Bacterial esophagitisper se has not been reported in these patients. We report the case of an 80-year-old patient admitted with a COPD exacerbation after being on chronic steroids. The patient developed esophageal symptoms and was found to have bacterial esophagitis by biopsy. Her CD4+ counts were found to be low, but she denied HIV risk factors and HIV testing was negative. Her CD4+ counts rose into the normal range as her steroids were tapered, and her esophagitis improved on antibiotics. This case is reported to alert physicians to the possible association of bacterial esophagitis with CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia without HIV infection and to discuss the possible etiological role of corticosteroid treatment.

Key words

bacterial esophagitis CD4+ T-lymphocytopenia steroid 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shauna M. Richert
    • 1
  • John L. Orchard
    • 1
  1. 1.From the Department of Medicine and GastroenterologyMercy HospitalPittsburgh

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