DENNIS J. AHNEN, M.D.; WILLIAM R. BROWN, M.D.
Chronic or recurrent diarrhea is common in immune-deficient persons, especially those with adult-onset or variable immunodeficiency syndrome (1-3). Chronic inflammatory lesions of the rectum, colon, or small intestine, sometimes treated with sulfasalazine or corticosteroids, have been reported in this population (1, 4-7). Campylobacter jejuni now is recognized as a common cause of diarrhea (8) and sometimes of colitis or ileitis resembling the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (9, 10). We report the cases of two immune-deficient patients, one with chronic proctitis, who had campylobacter infections.
Patient 1: A 63-year old man had gastric achlorhydria, mild steatorrhea, and hypogammaglobulinemia (serum IgG, 119
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AHNEN DJ, BROWN WR. Campylobacter Enteritis in Immune-Deficient Patients. Ann Intern Med. 1982;96:187-188. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-96-2-187
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(2):187-188.
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