What are the complications of cryptosporidiosis?

Updated: Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Melinda B Tanabe, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Complications of cryptosporidiosis include the following:

  • Cryptosporidiosis is an important cause of persistent diarrhea in developing countries; children with persistent diarrhea develop worsening malnutrition, which may result in cognitive and fitness problems that persist for years. [4, 35]
  • Respiratory tract involvement has been described in patients with AIDS and in children with intestinal cryptosporidiosis who are otherwise healthy. [36]
  • Biliary involvement with sclerosing cholangitis, acalculous cholecystitis, papillary stenosis, and/or pancreatitis may develop in individuals with AIDS and in transplant recipients. [37, 38]
  • Chronic cryptosporidiosis may be complicated by malabsorption, malnutrition, and death in individuals with AIDS and in malnourished children. [39, 40]

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