How is thrush diagnosed in early symptomatic HIV infection?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Robert J Carpenter, DO, FACP; Chief Editor: John Bartlett, MD  more...
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Thrush is diagnosed on the basis of clinical appearance or examination of a scraping for pseudohyphal elements. Culturing is of no value because throat cultures are positive for Candida in most patients with HIV infection, even those without thrush. See Thrush for more details.

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