Lung - nontumor
Infections
Cryptosporidium



Topic Completed: 1 September 2011

Revised: 29 January 2019, last major update September 2011

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Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Cryptosporidium. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/lungnontumorcryptosporidium.html. Accessed July 18th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Waterborne protozoal infection that mostly infects intestinal epithelium causing diarrhea or malabsorption
  • Often causes self limited illness in immunocompetent patients
  • In HIV / AIDS, may spread to hepatobiliary tree or airways
Treatment
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Characteristic spores on luminal epithelial cells
  • Mucosa with mild lymphocytic infiltrate
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Cryptosporidium in sputum

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