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How Is Toxoplasmosis Diagnosed

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Toxoplasmosis

What Is Toxoplasmosis? Toxoplasmosis (toxo) is an infection caused by the single-celled parasite toxoplasma gondii . A parasite lives inside another living organism (the host) and takes all of its nutrients from the host. The most common illness caused by toxo is an infection of the brain (encephalitis). Toxo can also infect other parts of the body. Toxo can lead to coma and death. The risk of toxo is highest when your CD4 cell (T-cell) counts...
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toxoplasmosis

Hi I was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis about 10 years ago no option for any treatment at that time even now my doctors know little about it. My question my white blood count has been high for about a year now my doctor thinks i should see a...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
Was this an AIDS defining illness where you actually had infection, or you had an antibody test that was positive indicating exposure? What is your current WBC and CD4 count now and are you currently receiving HIV treatment?... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis - length of disability

Dr Currier;My Partner has AIDS and was diagnosed with Toxoplasmosis three months ago. He has been taking Pyramethamine, Clindamycin and Leucovorin for this three months. When diagnosed, he had severe right side weakness an has been steadily...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
It isn't possible to predict exactly when or to what extent the neurologic damage from the toxo will resolve. Physical therapy should be helpful, in addition to the toxo meds and combination medicines for the HIV. You can look in standard... Read more »

Stopping Medication for Toxoplasmosis

I was diagnosed with toxaplasmosis 5 years ago. My treatment medication regimen has involved daily doses or Dapaprim, Sulfadiazine and Leucovorin Calcium. My doctor thinks it's safe to stop the medications. Does anyone have experience with...
Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Response from Joseph McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P.

North Shore University Hospital
Hi and thanks for your question,Current treatment guidelines prepared by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) idicate that it is generally safe to... Read more »

toxoplasmosis with negative antibody?

A few years ago I was told that I had toxoplasmosis-Recently I was given an a test to see if I had toxo-antibodies and the test was negative-when I was diagnosed when I had twelve t-cells-Is this why I never developed anti bodies?- or is it possible...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Sometimes if a person's immune system is sufficiently damaged, s/he may not react normally and produce antibodies to a given germ. In my experience, a negative toxoplamosis antibody is not really reliable to make a diagnosis of toxo when the... Read more »
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Toxoplasmosis

Posted by Anonymous
Just wondering if any of you have had, or known others who have had, toxoplasmosis. can you give me some information regarding long term effects in advanced infections?? Thank you soooo much! My email address is kalicrow@hotmail.com! thanks again!

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questions for someone just diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My boyfriend of 4 years has just been diagnosed with AIDS. He is un-insured/ undocumented and in the hospital(in Los Angeles) and is currently battling toxoplasmosis. He has a very low CD4 count of 23 I want to do what I can do help him. I... Read more »

husband diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
This must have been the hardest week of my life. I just returned from a trip back to America (I live in Thailand), and wasn't home but only two days when my husband went into a siezure. We got him to the hospital, and first they thought he was a... Read more »

husband diagnosed with AIDS

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
This must have been the hardest week of my life. I just returned from a trip back to America (I live in Thailand), and wasn't home but only two days when my husband went into a siezure. We got him to the hospital, and first they thought he was a... Read more »