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Human intestinal spirochaetosis: any clinical significance?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15095857     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Spirochaetes are well known causative agents of diarrhoea in veterinary medicine. In human medicine the relationship between presence of spirochaetes in the colon on the one hand, and its clinical significance on the other, is far less clear. In the majority of cases the colonization of the colon with these micro-organisms seems to represent a commensal relationship with the host, and is almost always a coincidental finding with no association with the clinical symptoms of the patient whatsoever. Very infrequently the organism may become invasive. In this article the literature on human intestinal spirochaetosis is reviewed, and key points for daily clinical practice are emphasized.
Walther N K A van Mook; Ger H Koek; Andre J A M van der Ven; Theo L Ceelen; Rens P Bos
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of gastroenterology & hepatology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0954-691X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol     Publication Date:  2004 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-04-20     Completed Date:  2004-07-14     Revised Date:  2009-10-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9000874     Medline TA:  Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  83-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
Brachyspira / isolation & purification
Colon / microbiology*
Intestinal Diseases / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  microbiology*
Metronidazole / therapeutic use
Spirochaetales Infections / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  microbiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Anti-Infective Agents; 443-48-1/Metronidazole

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