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Intestinal Coccidiosis in a Patient with Alpha-chain Disease

Br Med J 1974; 1 doi: (Published 23 March 1974) Cite this as: Br Med J 1974;1:542

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  1. Kristin Henry,
  2. R. G. Bird,
  3. W. F. Doe


    During an ultrastructural study of small-intestinal mucosa from a patient suffering from alpha-chain disease organisms were identified within the epithelial cytoplasm which showed the fine structural features of the coccidian group. Though coccidiosis is well recognized as causing a diarrhoeal and often lethal illness in animals it has been neglected as a cause of disease in man. Thus this finding may be significant and warrants further investigation into its possible role in the pathogenesis of alpha-chain disease.