Human tumor microsporidiosis. First reported case

Marcus P.B. ; Van Der Walt J.J. ; Burger P.J. (1973)


Infection of human tumor cells by Microsporidia has not been documented to date. A description is given of microsporidian parasites seen as an incidental finding in the cytoplasm of the cells of a widely disseminated pancreatic adenocarcinoma in a 58 yr old man. This previously unreported phenomenon in a human has its counterpart in the well documented parasitism of malignant tumor cells in common laboratory animals by the microsporidian Nosema cuniculi.

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