What is the role of biopsy in the workup of cryptosporidiosis?

Updated: Nov 11, 2019
  • Author: Melinda B Tanabe, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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GI or liver biopsy may be indicated in cases of diagnostic uncertainty. Different parts of the intestinal tract may be affected. Liver biopsy findings may reveal the organism attached to bile duct epithelial cells. Concurrent infection with cytomegalovirus (CMV), Enterobacter cloacae, and microsporidia is common.


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