Cryptosporidiosis parasite and rheumatic disease Please rate this page (bottom of page)

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Cryptosporidiosis is caused by a parasite Cryptosporidium parvum (not cryptococcus which is a fungus).

  • The infection does not cause rheumatic symptoms, but in a weakened immune system such as during immunosuppressive, anti-rheumatic treatment, after organ transplantation or in HIV infection, the infection can become severe


Fecal-oral via infected drinking water or from swimming pool


Acute gastroenteritis as in otherwise healthy persons. The infection proceeds self-limiting and short-term (2-10 days).

  • Stomach pain, abdominal cramps and diarrhea
  • Not bloody
  • Fever occurs

In case of immunosuppression and AIDS, the disease can be severe and fatal.

Among HIV-positive cryptosporidum is the most common cause of diarrhea.


Opportunistic infections,

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