Cite this page: Cryptosporidium. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/stomachcryptosporidium.html. Accessed December 8th, 2016.
Definition / General
- Protozoa that causes persistent watery diarrhea in AIDS patients
- Most common in small bowel, affects small and large bowel, gallbladder, and stomach
- Self limited disease in immunocompetent patients, chronic disease in immunosuppressed
- 2 - 4 micron, rounded basophilic organism adherent to surface epithelial cells