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Mycobacterium ulcerans infection as a cause of chronic diarrhea in an AIDS patient: A case report

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Author(s): Jin-Gook Huh, You-Sun Kim, Jong-Sung Lee, Tae-Yeob Jeong, Soo-Hyung Ryu, Jung-Hwan Lee, Jeong-Seop Moon, Yun-Kyung Kang, Myung-Shup Shim, Myoung-Don Oh

Journal: World Journal of Gastroenterology
ISSN 1007-9327

Volume: 14;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 808;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Mycobacterium ulcerans | Cryptosporidium | HIV | Chronic diarrhea

ABSTRACT
Chronic diarrhea is one of the most frequent gastro-intestinal manifestations in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Protozoa and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are opportunistic pathogens that can easily infect these patients. Among the NTM, Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) is the most frequently observed pathogen in HIV-infected patients. However, NTMs other than MAC have not been reported as a gastrointestinal pathogen as yet. We present a case of chronic diarrhea in an AIDS patient in whom Mycobacterium ulcerans and cryptosporidium co-infection is evidenced from colonic tissue.

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