Gastrointestinal infections in the immunocompromised host

Academic Article


  • Intestinal infections among patients with a variety of immuno-deficiency syndromes arise both from reactivation of latent infections and from recent environmental exposure. Clinical necessity and newer diagnostic approaches have facilitated differentiation of infection from noninfectious causes of intestinal symptoms and revealed an expanding range of potential pathogens. Notable among these pathogens are microsporidia, Cyclospora sp, enteroadherent Escherichia coli, and a number of noncultivatable viruses. These observations highlight the conclusion that a diagnosis can be made in a majority of immunocompromised patients with diarrhea, and that the majority of these infections are treatable.
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  • Janoff EN; Smith PD
  • Start Page

  • 95
  • End Page

  • 101
  • Volume

  • 12
  • Issue

  • 1