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Reviewers: Elliot Weisenberg, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 6 August 2012, last major update August 2012
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● 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

Micro description

● 2-4 micron, rounded basophilic organism adherent to surface epithelial cells

Positive stains

● PAS, Giemsa, gram stain

End of Stomach > Infections > Cryptosporidium

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