Diagnosis of AIDS-Related Intestinal Parasites
Annual rept. 26 Sep 1987-25 Sep 1988,
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD
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Presistent diarrhea from infection with the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium, continues to be an indicator illness of Human Immunodeficiency Virus HIV infection. During the past year, our understanding of the dimensions and import of Cryptosporidium infection in this patient population, and in others, has continued to expand. From an epidemiologic perspective 15 of patients with AIDS and diarrhea recently evaluated at the National Institutes of Health had cryptosporidiosis 1 while 16 of patients with AIDS and diarrhea studied at Johns Hopkins were infected with Cryptosporidium, the most common pathogen isolated in this series 2. At St. Stephens Hospital in Great Britain, 11 of AIDS patients had Cryptosporidium infection and 19 of these were thought to have died as a direct result 3 12 of AIDS patients reported from Sao Paulo, Brazil, also had cryptosporidiosis.