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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2014, Article ID 676395, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/676395
Case Report

Blastocystis and Schistosomiasis Coinfection in a Patient with Chronic Kidney Disease

1Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Medical Corps, United States Navy, 8901 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20889, USA
2Naval Health Clinic New England, Clinic Groton Branch, 1 Wahoo Drive, Groton, CT 06349, USA

Received 19 July 2014; Revised 6 October 2014; Accepted 6 October 2014; Published 19 October 2014

Academic Editor: Masahiro Kohzuki

Copyright © 2014 Colin R. Young and Fred E. Yeo. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) represent a spectrum of impaired immunity with effects on cellular immunity, soluble immune factors, and inflammation. As a result, infections due to impaired immune system responses are responsible for significant morbidity in patients with kidney disease. Because of immune dysfunction in CKD, these patients have reduced probability to clear infections and are susceptible to pathogenic effects of common organisms. We present a case of a patient with CKD coinfected with Schistosoma mansoni and Blastocystis spp. This appears to be the first reported association of Schistosoma mansoni and Blastocystis spp. in a patient with CKD.