Intestinal spirochetosis

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Intestinal spirochetosis
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Micrograph showing intestinal spirochetosis. H&E stain.
Classification and external resources

Intestinal spirochetosis, also intestinal spirochetes, colonic spirochetosis and colonic spirochetes, is an infection of the colonic-type mucosa with spirochete microorganisms.

Signs and symptoms[edit]

No clear association exists with complaints. However, potential associations exist with include watery diarrhea and abdominal pain, which may be seen with blood; these findings are not specific, i.e. may be seen due to number of other causes.[1]


Human intestinal spirochetosis is caused by Brachyspira pilosicoli and Brachyspira aalborgi.[2] Porcine and avian intestinal spirochetosis are caused by Brachyspira pilosicoli.


It is diagnosed by examination of tissue, i.e. biopsy.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ URL: Accessed on: 25 April 2011.
  2. ^ Amat Villegas I, Borobio Aguilar E, Beloqui Perez R, de Llano Varela P, Oquiñena Legaz S, Martínez-Peñuela Virseda JM (January 2004). "[Colonic spirochetes: an infrequent cause of adult diarrhea]". Gastroenterol Hepatol (in Spanish). 27 (1): 21–3. PMID 14718105.