Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis

Last Updated: 2020-08-12

Author(s): Anzengruber F., Navarini A.

ICD11: 1F23.14

Candidosis, chronic mucocutaneous, CMC.

Group of persistent diseases characterized by Candida infection of the skin and mucous membrane.

Often starts with children.

  • In chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, various causative factors may be involved.
  • In most cases, the infection occurs in disorders of the immune system (thymus aplasia, agammaglobulinemia, malignant lymphomas, Hodgkin's disease, malignant tumours, immunosuppressants, hypoparathyroidism, hypoadrenocorticism and iron deficiency).
  • A genetic association can be assumed due to increased familial occurrence

  • Simultaneous occurrence of several candidoses (candidosis of the oral mucosa including larynx and oesophagus, perlèche, vulvovaginal candidosis, intertriginous candidosis, paronychia candidamycetica- see respective underlying disease) simultaneously.
  • In addition, eye diseases (blepharitis and conjunctivitis), urethritis, hematuria, urethrastricture, cystitis, diarrhea, multiple endocrinological disorders, chronic rhinitis, chronic recurrent pneumonia, pulmonary fibrosis and spontaneous pneumothorax may occur.
  • The granulomatous inflammatory reaction is often very pronounced.

  • Family history.
  • Clinical features.
  • Myco. -smears (native and culture).
  • Biopsy, if necessary.

Chronic recurrent course.

If poor oral hygiene is the cause, this is an important treatment approach.

Treatment of an underlying disease (disinfection of dentures).

Topical Therapy

  • Mouth gel containing Miconazole 3-5 times daily after meals (also for infants)
  • Amphotericin B lozenges p.o. 4x daily after meals and before bedtime
  • Nystatin suspension p.o. 1ml 4x daily for at least 14 days


Systemic Therapy

  • In severe cases and infestation or involvement of the esophagus (Esophageal thrush) 
  • Fluconazole p.o. 200 mg 1x daily for at least 10 days
  • Therapy control with throat rinsing water
  • In case of resistance to therapy:
    • Amphotericin B i.v. 0.3 mg/kg bw/day at least 5 days
  • In chronic. recurrence:
    • Fluconazole p.o. 100 mg 3x/week
  • Prophylaxis for immunocompromised persons:
    • Fluconazole initial 200 mg p. o., then 100 mg/day for 5-10 days. In case of non-response double the dose

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