Ralph T. Bryan, MD; Govinda S. Visvesvara, PhD
To the Editors: In their recent article in this journal (1) and in a companion article published elsewhere (2), Kotier and colleagues vividly demonstrate that infection with the microsporidian Enterocytozoon bieneusi is associated with severe injury to the small intestine. Their data add significantly to the expanding body of evidence suggesting that microsporidia should be considered important opportunistic pathogens in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (3, 4). They are in error, however, when they fail to make the distinction between "coccidia" and "microsporidia" (reference1; Table 2 and in the text of "Results" and "Discussion" sections). The coccidia
Bryan RT, Visvesvara GS. Coccidia and Microsporidia. Ann Intern Med. ;114:343. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-4-343
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(4):343.
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