Journal article

Megacolon in Chagas disease: a study of inflammatory cells, enteric nerves, and glial cells

Alexandre Barcelos Morais da Siveira, Elenice M Lemos, Sheila J Adad, Rodrigo Correa-Oliveira, John B Furness, Debora D'Avila Reis

HUMAN PATHOLOGY | W B SAUNDERS CO-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2007

Abstract

After acute infestation with the Chagas disease parasite, Trypanosoma cruzi, some patients who are serologically positive develop chronic megacolon and megaesophagus, whereas others are symptom-free. Chagas disease with gastrointestinal involvement involves an inflammatory invasion of the enteric plexuses and degeneration of enteric neurons. It is known that glial cells can be involved in enteric inflammatory responses. The aims were to determine the nature of any difference in lymphocytic invasion, enteric neurons, and enteric glial cells in seropositive individuals with and without megacolon. We have compared colonic tissue from serologically positive individuals with and without symptoms ..

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