Gastrointestinal disease is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and those with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Although one or more opportunistic infections are often found in these patients, there is a subgroup in which no pathogens are found despite extensive clinical and pathological evaluation. The two major entities associated with HIV in the absence of other demonstrable pathogens, chronic idiopathic esophageal ulcers and AIDS enteropathy/colopathy, will be discussed here.


Human immunodeficiency virus AIDS enteropathy AIDS colopathy Chronic HIV-associated esophageal ulcer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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