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MEDICAL UPDATE: Intestinal Microsporidiosis in People With AIDS About AZT


Being Alive 1993 May 5: 10

Intestinal microsporidiosis is one of the causes of chronic diarrhea in people with AIDS. This infection was unknown only a few years back. One problem in detecting this infection is that the organisms are so small that they can only be seen by an electron microscope. Another problem with detection is that the organism is found in the upper intestines, not in the colon. Thus, microsporidiosis often goes undetected.

A Paris study of eighteen PWAs with chronic unexplained diarrhea found that nine of the group had intestinal microsporidiosis. So this infection's prevalence among PWAs may be higher than had previously been thought. We currently have no standardized treatment, although some have reported slight improvement with albendazole. 


Information in this article was accurate in May 5, 1993. The state of the art may have changed since the publication date. This material is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your doctor. Always discuss treatment options with a doctor who specializes in treating HIV.