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Can the doctor diagnose candidiasis with a colonoscopy, or blood tests?

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Dr. Michael Shim
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: No

Upper endoscopy will disclose candida of the mouth and esophagus.
Candida almost never infects the colon. Of course you can have genital yeast infections which are different.

In brief: No

Upper endoscopy will disclose candida of the mouth and esophagus.
Candida almost never infects the colon. Of course you can have genital yeast infections which are different.
Dr. Michael Shim
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Dr. John Leander Po
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Clinical part needed

The diagnosis of candidiasis is not made without the clinical context- therefore, you can't diagnose it by colonoscopy.
However, if Candida is growing from a blood culture, it's never as contaminant and must be treated, and the source controlled (eg. line-related vs GI source vs prosthetic device infection). In many cases, a patient may have other major illnesses affecting the immune system.

In brief: Clinical part needed

The diagnosis of candidiasis is not made without the clinical context- therefore, you can't diagnose it by colonoscopy.
However, if Candida is growing from a blood culture, it's never as contaminant and must be treated, and the source controlled (eg. line-related vs GI source vs prosthetic device infection). In many cases, a patient may have other major illnesses affecting the immune system.
Dr. John Leander Po
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