Fatal diffuse invasive gastrointestinal candidiasis masking as ileus after bone marrow transplantation Academic Article Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Epigenesis, Genetic
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Stress, Physiological


  • High-dose cytotoxic chemotherapy has increased the incidence of candidal infections that make neutropenic patients very sick and may kill them. We report fatal invasive candidiasis involving the entire alimentary tract after autologous bone marrow transplantation in a young woman with breast cancer. Illustrated are the significance of fungal infections in this patient population, the potential for Candida albicans to invade the entire gastrointestinal tract, and the potential role of endoscopy in the early diagnosis of these often catastrophic infections. We also suggest that diffuse, invasive candidiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of ileus in the immunocompromised patient.

publication date

  • April 1997



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00004836-199704000-00009

PubMed ID

  • 9179736

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 165

end page

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