Gastroenterological Problems of HIV Infection and AIDS

  • Ian McGowan
  • Duncan Churchill


Gastrointestinal disease occurs in the majority of patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Opportunistic gut infection and neoplasia occur throughout the gut. The differential diagnosis of HIV-related gastrointestinal symptoms is large and includes tumours and a variety of opportunistic infections. Multiple pathology is common. Investigation of gastrointestinal symptoms is important as many pathogens will respond to specific therapy, although relapse is common and long-term treatment may be necessary. Where specific treatment for gastrointestinal disease is not available or has been unsuccessful it is always possible to palliate patients’ symptoms and improve their quality of life. This chapter aims to describe some of the more common gastrointestinal problems that physicians are likely to encounter and to provide guidelines for investigation and management.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Acquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease 
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