Extra-intestinal Blastocystis infection of liver found in immunocompromised host

Russian researchers report on the extra-intestinal infection of an immunocompromised patient, noting that large quantities of Blastocystis organisms were found in the patient’s liver.  Examination of disintegrated portions of the patients liver showed the organism through staining.  The researchers report the patient made a full recovery following treatment with antibiotics and an antifungal drug, and note that physicians should be aware of the potential for disseminated Blastocystis infection in immunocompromised hosts.  Abstract available in Pubmed online.

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