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Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume 9, Issue 3, Pages 144-146
Brief Communication

Spontaneous (Primary) Candida peritonitis

Joe Sukhabote and Hugh J Freeman

Department of Medicine (Gastroenterology), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Received 13 June 1994; Accepted 17 October 1994

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A 49-year-old female presented with abdominal pain and ascites. Subsequent investigations revealed Candida albicans in the ascitic fluid without evidence of systemic candidiasis or a source of local infection in another site. Additional studies revealed no evident underlying immunological disorder and the gastrointestinal tract was intact. Therapy with amphotericin B led to resolution of abdominal pain and ascites with no recurrence.