Cite this page: Cryptosporidium. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/stomachcryptosporidium.html. Accessed November 21st, 2017.
Definition / general
- 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
Microscopic (histologic) description
- 2 - 4 micron, rounded basophilic organism adherent to surface epithelial cells