CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update Pulmonary Cryptosporidiosis found in HIV-Positive Patients
May 2, 1988
AIDS Alert (05/88) Vol. 3, No. 5, P. 88
Cryptosporidium should be considered as a cAUse of respiratory problems
in HIV-positive patients, according to the results of a Danish study.
Neils Hojlyng and Birgitte Nybo Jensen of the Statens Seruminstitut and
Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen studied 36 HIV-positive patients and found
six to be cryptosporidium-positive. In four, the protozoa was the only
pathogen isolated. Four of the patients were still alive up to 21 months
afterward, suggesting that pulmonary cryptosporidiosis is prevalent among
HIV-positive patients with respiratory symptoms, but that the potential
pathogenicity is low.