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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 824-825

Heavy infestation of Isospora belli causing severe watery diarrhea

Department of Pathology, Lokmanya Hospital, Near Rajarshee Shahu blood bank, Nagala Park, Kolhapur-416 002, Maharashtra, India

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Vishal G Mudholkar
C/o Dr. Ravindra D. Namey, "Swarnim" A-18, Arihant Park, Behind SSC Board, Kolhapur - 416 004, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0377-4929.72091

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A 35-year-old male, positive for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) antibodies, was found to have heavy infestation by Isospora belli, leading to gastrointestinal opportunistic infection. Stool sample of the patient presenting with diarrhea of 2 months duration showed numerous oocysts of I. belli. His blood CD4 count was 85/cmm. The patient was from a slum area with poor sanitation. He was put on antimicrobial agent trimethoprim-sulfmethoxazole and was followed up. However, he died after 1 month of treatment.

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