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Indian J. Pathol. Microbial.

37: 4; 389-393: 1994

>biol. October 1994

Fungal Colonization in Gastric Ulcers
RP Rex IH et al:
rmatol 2: 441-442, Departments of Microbiology, Pathology**, and Medicine*,
Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
Jwell NR, Forster
t of dermatophyte
1ger and toe-nails
F 86-327, Lamisil),
1gicidal agent. Br J ABSTRACT
'58, 1989.
Until now studies on fungal colonization of gastric ulcers were
1d Artis WM: retrospective involving small series of patients. This prospective
Jtibility testing of study of 50 patients with gastirc ulcers (25 benign and 25 malignant)
nicrocultures with
gmented mycelial
revealed colonization by Candida in 17 (34%) cases. There was no
timicrob Agents significant difference in colonization between benign and malignant
29, 1980. ulcers. Follow up revealed no difference in healing of ulcers with
or without fungal colonization.

al, Key Words : Candida, Gastric ulcers, Benign, Malignant.

2/3/93 INTRODUCTION (25 benign and 25 malignant ulcers) for

presence of fungi, their incidence in
Though oral candidiasis (thrush) is benign and malignant lesions and
a common form of fungal disease, relationship to therapy and healing.
involvement of stomach is a very rare
event. 1 However, in the last few years MATERIAL AND METHODS
fungal colonization of gastric ulcers has
been reported in literature with We prospectively studied 50
increasing frequency 234 Studies on patients (aged 24-75 years) with gastric
occurrence of fungi in gastric ulcers ulcers. Histopathologically proven
have been retrospective involving small benign and malignant ulcer case were
or large sereis of patients24.s. Moreover, included in the study. For fungal
it is not clearly established whether detection, the gastric biopsies w ere
fungal colonization is associated with taken from ulcer base as well as from
delayed healing, malignant lesions or ulcer margins. Smears were prepared
hypochlorhydria. We prospectively from biopsy tissue and s tained by
studied fifty patients with gastric ulcer Gram's method of staining. Tissue was
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cultured on Sabouraud's dextrose agar males. There appears to be no

slants. Identification and species significant difference in prevalence of
differentiation of the isolated fungi was fungi between benign gastric.ulcers and
done by standard methods 1 malignant ulcers. Fig. 2 and 3 shows
the fungi in benign and malignant
OBS ERVA TIO NS ulcers respectively.

Out of the 50 cases only 17 (34%) DISCUSSION

were positive for fungus. Smear
examination showed fungus only in 11 The prevalence of fungi in gastric
(22%) cases. Candida was the oruy genus ulcers varies widely. Older studies
detected in these ulcers. Out of 17 based on autopsy material reported a
Candida species, 15 were C. alibicans, prevalence of 4% while recent reports
remaining 2 belong to C. tropicalis. Fig. indicate prevalence varying form 5%
1 shows the age distribution. ulcers to 36% i,M. In the present study we
with fungi tended to be present in found 17 (34%) of 50 patients to have
patients of middle-age group. Table 1 fung_us. Prevalence was higher in
shows the sex distribution of patients middie aged patients (69.74%). There
with ulcers, with and without fungi. was no significant difference in the
Ulcers with fungi appeared to occur prevalence of fungi in benign (32%) and
eqully in males and females, though malignant (36%) gastric ulcers. Almost Fig. 2: Phot
overall, ulcers were more common .!_n all our patients in whom fungus was x 50


9 Ulcers without Funyus Ulcers with Fungus

8 - - 8 8

7 - - 7

6 -
4 4
4 -
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2 -
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10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80

YEARS - - - - -1- --
Fi,_g. 3: Photor
Fig. 1: Age distribution in cohorts for ulcers with and without fungus. x 500)
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~ars to be no
in prevalence of
~astric .ulcers and
. 2 and 3 shows
and malignant

f fungi in gastric
r. Older studies
1terial reported a
ile recent reports
rarying form 5%
'resent study we
patients to have
was higher in
' (69.74%). There
:iifference in the
benign (32%) and
Fig. 2: Photomicrograph of benign ulcer showing hyphae of Candida (PAS ,
ric ulcers. Almost
x 500).
horn fungus was

I .

60 70 so
Fig. 3: Photomicrograph of malignant ulcer showing hyphae of Candida (PAS,
ut fungus. x 500). -
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TABLE 1 ulcers in <

Fungal colonization in benign and malignant ulcers in males and females
4. Peters M, WE
Male Female Total Fungal infe
and patho
With fungus 6 3 9 Gastroenterolo
ulcers 5. Loffeld RJLF.
Without fungus 11 5 16 JW, Flendrio
(25) JP: Fungal c<
ulcers. Am JG
With fungus 6 2 8 1988.
Without fungus Reprint Reque~
(25) 15 2 17

Total 38 12 50 Receivec

isolated were on Hz receptor antagonist to heal within the same period of time.
and our observation confirms earlier
reports.6 Nichols and Henry6 attributed In conclusion we feel that the
the role of Hz receptor blocking drugs presence of fungi in gastric ulcers is
in facilitating growth of fungi by raising due to colonization and has little clinical
the gastric pH. Secondary involvment significance. The use of antimycotic
of the stomach by Candida following therapy, to improve the healing is
vagotomy has been reported with probably not justified.
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