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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 23, Issue 2, Pages e41-e43
Case Report

Enterocolic Fistula: A Rare Presentation of Cytomegalovirus Infection

Richdeep S Gill,1 Geoffrey Taylor,2 Robert M Penner,2 and Sarvesh Logsetty3

1Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
2Department of Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
3Department of Surgery, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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In the present report, the first reported case of cytomegalovirus (CMV)-associated enterocolic fistula in an HIV/AIDS patient is described. CMV colitis is the second most common presentation of CMV infection in immunocompromised patients. CMV-associated enteric fistulae are an exceedingly rare complication, with only four previous cases described: a gastrocolic, an enterocutaneous, a rectovaginal and a colocutaneous fistula. Management of these patient demonstrates the importance of treating the precipitating viral infection before considering surgical intervention of the enterocolic fistula.