Timothy Flanigan, MD; Christopher Whalen, MD; John Turner, MD; Rosemary Soave, MD; Joseph Toerner, MD; Diane Havlir, MD; Donald Kotler, MD
Cryptosporidium is a coccidian parasite that infects the gastrointestinal tract in humans and can cause severe enteritis and malabsorption. Cryptosporidiosis is selflimited in immunocompetent persons, whereas in persons with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), Cryptospondium infection causes persistent enteritis that is usually lifelong and refractory to treatment (1). In our clinical practices, we observed men infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who had self-limited diarrhea due to Cryptosporidium infection. To better define the laboratory and clinical characteristics associated with self-limited compared with persistent disease, we did a retrospective chart review of HIV-seropositive patients with Cryptosporidium infection. We hypothesized that
Flanigan T, Whalen C, Turner J, Soave R, Toerner J, Havlir D, et al. Cryptosporidium Infection and CD4 Counts. Ann Intern Med. ;116:840–842. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-116-10-840
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;116(10):840-842.
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