How is bacterial esophagitis treated?

Updated: May 02, 2019
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MBBS; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Infection by normal flora, usually observed in immunocompromised patients, is extremely rare in healthy hosts. Infections are often polymicrobial and include Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Streptococcus viridans, and Bacillus species.

Bacterial esophagitis is treated with broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotics, usually in combination with an aminoglycoside. Adjustments are based on response and culture results.

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