What are the possible complications of thrush?

Updated: Jan 17, 2019
  • Author: Mudra Kumar, MD, MRCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Very rarely, extensive tracheal and esophageal involvement in thrush may lead to dysphagia and respiratory distress in otherwise healthy hosts.

Bronchopulmonary candidiasis has been reported.

Systemic dissemination may occur in immunosuppressed patients.

Candidal esophagitis is a common complication of thrush in immunocompromised patients. In one study, it was the most common opportunistic infection in adults with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (13.3 episodes per 100 person-years).

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