Cytomegalovirus-associated colitis causing diarrhea in an immunocompetent patient

Dan Carter, David Olchovsky, Russell Pokroy, David Ezra

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Abstract

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) colitis rarely occurs in immunocompetent patients. We report a case of disabling and life threatening diarrhea in an immunocompetent elderly woman due to CMV colitis. The diagnosis of CMV was based on histological examination of tissues biopsied at colonoscopy, positive CMV antigen and high CMV-IgM titer in peripheral blood samples and a good response to systemic gancyclovir treatment. We conclude that CMV should be considered in the differential diagnosis of colitis in elderly immunocompetent patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6898-6899
Number of pages2
JournalWorld Journal of Gastroenterology
Volume12
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - 14 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Colitis
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Diarrhea
  • Gancyclovir
  • Immunocompetent

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