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AIDS Enteropathy

A Syndrome characterized by chronic, well-established Diarrhea (greater than one month in duration) without an identified infectious cause after thorough evaluation, in an HIV-positive individual. It is thought to be due to direct or indirect effects of HIV on the enteric Mucosa. HIV enteropathy is a Diagnosis of exclusion and can be made only after other Forms of Diarrheal illness have been ruled out. (Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 13th ed, pp1607-8; Haubrich et al., Bockus Gastroenterology, 5th ed, p1155)