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VIDAL, Ana Paula Aguiar; PANNAIN, Vera Lucia Nunes  and  BOTTINO, Adriana Marques Caroli de Freitas. Esophagitis in patients with acquired human immunodeficiency syndrome: an histological and immunohistochemistry study. Arq. Gastroenterol. [online]. 2007, vol.44, n.4, pp.309-314. ISSN 0004-2803.

BACKGROUND: Almost all patients with acquired immunodeficiency virus syndrome will have gastrointestinal symptoms during the course of their illness. The high prevalence and complications of esophagitis are well documented. AIM: Graduate esophagitis; identify microorganisms like Candida sp, cytomegalovirus, herpesvirus and mycobacteria; identify by immunohistochemical staining viral agents cytomegalovirus, herpesvirus I, herpesvirus II, Epstein-Barr Virus, human papilloma virus and human immunodeficiency virus; verify how immunohistochemistry changes the profile of esophagitis; verify the association between the histological and endoscopical findings; verify the relevance of the number of fragments studied in the characterization of the histological agents. METHODS: We studied retrospectively esophageal biopsies in 227 patients with acquired immunodeficiency virus syndrome using hematoxylin and eosin, PAS (periodic acid of Schiff), Groccott and Ziehl-Nielsen stains and immunoperoxidase stains to detect opportunistic agents. Endoscopic aspects were studied. RESULTS: The non-specific esophagitis grade III, in the inferior third of the esophagus, was the most frequent type. Candida sp was the most frequent agent, followed by viruses cytomegalovirus, herpesvirus and mycobacteria. The presence of plaque and ulceration suggested the diagnosis of esophageal candidiasis and cytomegalovirus esophagitis. Immunohistochemical allowed the characterization of cytomegalovirus and of herpesvirus in those cases where other techniques could not achieve it, furthermore the cytomegalovirus was also found in histological normal cases, making the use of this technique advisable in routine diagnosis. The herpesvirus I was not found isolated but associated to herpesvirus II. We have not found immunoreactivity for the Epstein-Barr virus and the human immunodeficiency virus. The number of fragments does not seem to influence the detection of the etiologic agent. CONCLUSION: The endoscopic findings of plaques or ulcers are associated with candidiasis or cytomegalovirus esophagitis. Immunohistochemisty improved the diagnosis of viral infections. It is possible to detect cytomegalovirus infections in endoscopic and histologic normal cases.

Keywords : Esophagitis; Acquired immunodefiiciency syndrome; Immunohistochemistry.

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