a relatively rare species occurring in the small intestine of man, most common in the tropics but probably of worldwide distribution; most infections are subclinical, but sometimes they may cause mucous diarrhea. More serious, persistent diarrhea can occur in immunocompromised patients (for example, those with HIV/AIDS).
Isospora belliParasitology A sporozoite parasite common in the tropics/subtropics of the Western Hemisphere/Southeast Asia; it may be underreported, as in uncompromised hosts, it mimics viral gastroenteritis; in AIDS,
I belli may cause fulminant disease Clinical Watery diarrhea ± hemorrhage, colicky pain, weight loss, steatorrhea Management T-S
A species that causes acute, non-bloody diarrhea with crampy abdominal pain, which can last for weeks in immunocompromised patients, e.g., people with AIDS.
See also: Isospora
A type of parasitic protozoa.
Mentioned in: Stool O & P Test