Intestinal microsporidiosis in Italian individuals with AIDS

M. C. Voglino, G. Donelli, P. Rossi, A. Ludovisi, V. Rinaldi, F. Goffredo, R. Paloscia, E. Pozio

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A survey on microsporidiosis in individuals with AIDS presenting chronic diarrhoea was carried out in Italy, over a four-year period (1992-1995). Three out of 72 (4.2%) individuals were found positive, on intestinal biopsies, for Enterocytozoon bieneusi by light microscopy and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Sixteen individuals with AIDS, from a second group of subjects, were confirmed positive, by TEM, for intestinal microsporidiosis due to Enterocytozoon bieneusi. Of these 19 cases, 10 (52.6%) were homosexual men. Two of these individuals, under albendazole treatment, showed also spores with unusual features. The prevalence of intestinal microsporidiosis (12-50%) reported in European countries, Australia and North America, where homosexuality is the major HIV risk factor (63-77%), is higher than in Italy, where homosexual men represent only 16% of the total number of AIDS cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-386
Number of pages6
JournalItalian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • AIDS
  • Enterocytozoon bieneusi
  • HIV
  • Microsporidiosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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