Epidemiology of Cryptosporidium parvum in symptomatic paediatric oncology patients.
D Burgner, N Pikos, G Eagles, A McCarthy, M Stevens
Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health | Published : 1999
BACKGROUND: Although Cryptosporidium parvum is known to cause significant morbidity in immunocompromised individuals, including adults with cancer, the epidemiology of this pathogen in paediatric oncology patients is not known. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively investigated the incidence of symptomatic C. parvum infection in children receiving treatment for malignancy. METHODOLOGY: Over a 9 month period, all oncology inpatients with diarrhoea had stool analysis for C. parvum oocysts. The incidence of cryptosporidiosis was also recorded in non-oncology patients who had a stool analysed for C. parvum during the 6 years of the study period. RESULTS: None of the 149 stool samples from 60 oncology pati..View full abstract