Pathology of Opportunistic Infections

An Illustrative Atlas

  • Ramesh K. Gupta
  • Pallav Gupta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 1-4
  3. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 5-16
  4. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 17-51
  5. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 53-130
  6. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 131-145
  7. Ramesh K. Gupta, Pallav Gupta
    Pages 147-168
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 169-175

About this book


This book presents the morphological details of various opportunistic pathogens for prompt identification, which is essential for the proper management of various bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections encountered in immunocompromised patients.

Over the past few decades, certain therapeutic advances –such as organ transplantation, prolonged use of steroids and other immunosuppressants for various diseases and chemo-radiotherapy for the treatment of malignant tumors– have, in addition to improving patient survival, also contributed to significant aberrations in the patients’ host defense mechanisms. Further, due to compromised host resistance, certain clinical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes mellitus, and major organ-related problems like chronic renal failure, chronic liver and chronic lung diseases etc., make these patients potentially vulnerable to a variety of opportunistic infections. 

The challenges posed by the opportunistic pathogens are enormous. Early clinical suspicion, prompt morphological identification and timely management are essential so as to prevent high morbidity and mortality associated with these infections. These pathogens often go unnoticed due to a lack of familiarity with their morphological appearances in the context of histopathological and/or cytological evaluation.


Opportunistic Infections Immunocompromised State Immune Response Bacterial Infection Fungal Infection Viral Infection Parasitic Infection

Editors and affiliations

  • Ramesh K. Gupta
    • 1
  • Pallav Gupta
    • 2
  1. 1.Sanjay Gandhi PG Inst of Medical ScienceDepartment Pathology Sanjay Gandhi PG Inst of Medical ScienceLucknowIndia
  2. 2.Sir Ganga Ram HospitalDepartment of Histopathology Sir Ganga Ram HospitalNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-1668-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-1669-1
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