What is the pathophysiology of viral colitis?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Colitis caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a rare form that typically is found in immunocompromised patients (eg, organ recipients who are receiving immunosuppressive treatment). It results in deep round ulcerations that have a tendency to bleed easily and profusely. Adenovirus infection can also cause a severe colitis in immunocompromised patients, especially those with AIDS, although patients with solid organ and bone marrow transplants are also at risk.


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