What are the symptoms of infectious esophagitis?

Updated: May 28, 2020
  • Author: Deepika Devuni, MD; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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Patients with infectious esophagitis (eg, from Candida, cytomegalovirus [CMV], herpes simplex virus [HSV], or human immunodeficiency virus [HIV]) may be asymptomatic, but typical symptoms include the following:

  • Onset of difficult or painful swallowing (ie, dysphagia or odynophagia)
  • Heartburn
  • Retrosternal discomfort or pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Fever and sepsis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Epigastric pain
  • Hematemesis (occasionally)
  • Anorexia and weight loss
  • Cough

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