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August 1988

Severe Cryptosporidiosis in an Immunocompetent Host

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Internal Medicine (Drs Edelman and Oldfield) and Clinical Investigation, Naval Hospital, San Diego.

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(8):1873-1874. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380080129033

• Cryptosporidiosis is increasingly recognized as a significant human pathogen. Previous reports have emphasized the benign, self-limited nature of the illness in the immunocompetent adult. In contrast, immunodeficient hosts have severe, frequently unremitting illness. We describe a case in which an individual, with no evidence of immunodeficiency and negative human immunodeficiency virus serologic findings, was admitted with a five-week history of severe diarrhea, marked weight loss, and renal failure probably as a consequence of cryptosporidiosis. The patient's renal function returned to normal with hydration, and his diarrhea resolved without specific therapy. At a six-month follow-up, the patient was in excellent health.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:1873-1874)

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