Treatment of microsporidiosis including albendazole

Parasitol Res. 2003 Jun;90 Supp 1:S14-8. doi: 10.1007/s00436-002-0753-x. Epub 2002 Dec 10.

Abstract

Microsporidia are parasitic fungi that can infect not only arthropods and fish, but also mammals including humans. This article describes the biology of these primitive fungi and gives an overview on recent developments in therapy. Encephalitozoonspp. and the species Enterocytozoon bieneusii are most prevalent in immunocompromised patients, causing systemic disease or diarrhea. Whereas Encephalitozoon infection can usually be effectively treated with albendazole, therapeutic approaches for E. bieneusii are still difficult.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Albendazole / adverse effects
  • Albendazole / chemistry
  • Albendazole / pharmacology
  • Albendazole / therapeutic use*
  • Animals
  • Antiprotozoal Agents / adverse effects
  • Antiprotozoal Agents / chemistry
  • Antiprotozoal Agents / pharmacology
  • Antiprotozoal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Apansporoblastina / drug effects
  • Apansporoblastina / physiology
  • Humans
  • Microsporidiosis / drug therapy*
  • Microsporidiosis / parasitology
  • Microsporidiosis / veterinary

Substances

  • Antiprotozoal Agents
  • Albendazole