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Asymptomatic Respiratory Tract Microsporidiosis Due to <i>Encephalitozoon hellem</i> in Three Patients with AIDS

M. Scaglia, S. Gatti, L. Sacchi, S. Corona, G. Chichino, A. M. Bernuzzi, G. Barbarini, G. P. Croppo, A. J. Da Silva, N. J. Pieniazek and G. S. Visvesvara

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 26, issue 1, pages 174-176
Published in print January 1998 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 1998 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/516264
Asymptomatic Respiratory Tract Microsporidiosis Due to Encephalitozoon hellem in Three Patients with AIDS

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Microsporidia of the genera Enterocytozoon and Encephalitozoon have been identified as frequent causes of intestinal and disseminated infections, respectively, in patients with AIDS. Even though most subjects infected with these protozoa develop overt disease, simple colonization without illness may occur, as we observed in three severely immunosuppressed patients with AIDS. The parasites, recognized in and isolated from bronchoalveolar lavage sediment specimens, were characterized as Encephalitozoon hellem. Colonization of the bronchial tree was temporary, and treatment with albendazole was not needed to clear the infection.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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