Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 444–446 | Cite as

Isospora belli associated recurrent diarrhea in a child with AIDS

  • M. Nateghi Rostami
  • B. Nikmanesh
  • M. T. Haghi-Ashtiani
  • M. Monajemzadeh
  • M. Douraghi
  • Z. Ghalavand
  • L. Kashi
Short Communication

Abstract

Persistent diarrhea is a major manifestation of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) which might be more complicated in Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infected children especially those from developing countries. There are numerous reports showing the emergence of intestinal opportunistic coccidian parasites, mostly Cryptosporidium parvum and Isospora belli in HIV-infected individuals. The prevalence of isosporiasis is probably underestimated in developing countries because routinely not all HIV-infected patients are examined for the presence of this protozoan infection. Here we report a case of HIV-infected isosporiasis presenting with failure to thrive and persistent diarrhea. Since I. belli infection in children responds well to therapy with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, isosporiasis should be considered as a treatable infection in AIDS, if it is detected at proper time.

Keywords

Isospora belli Failure to thrive AIDS Diarrhea 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Nateghi Rostami
    • 1
  • B. Nikmanesh
    • 2
  • M. T. Haghi-Ashtiani
    • 2
  • M. Monajemzadeh
    • 2
  • M. Douraghi
    • 3
  • Z. Ghalavand
    • 4
  • L. Kashi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Public Health, Faculty of HealthQom University of Medical SciencesQomIran
  2. 2.Department of PathologyChildren’s Medical Center, Tehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  3. 3.Division of Bacteriology, Department of PathobiologySchool of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyShaheed Beheshti University of Medical SciencesTehranIran

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