Human intestinal spirochaetosis: any clinical significance?

W.N. van Mook*, G.H. Koek, A. van der Ven, T.L. Ceelen, R.P. Bos

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Human intestinal spirochaetosis: any clinical significance?

van Mook WN, Koek GH, van der Ven AJ, Ceelen TL, Bos RP.

Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands.

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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-87
JournalEuropean Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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