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Toxoplasmosis Side Effects

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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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CNS toxoplasmosis

I was wondering if there is any correlation between CNS toxoplasmosis and stroke? I am a physical therapy student working at a clinic with a patient who has HIV and is being treated for CNS toxoplasmosis. The patient has symptoms of a stroke and...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
This Body forum is exclusively for discussion about the side effects of HIV therapy (antiretroviral therapy). Below is a web address for a fact sheet about toxoplasmosis.http://www.aidsinfonet.org/factsheet_detail.php?fsnumber=517... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis treatments

Being I am very weak,I am afraid of the possible toxic effects of pyrimethamine for toxoplasmosis treatment. Are there any alternatives to try or any studies or trails for alternate therapies,including any natural items that might help. Thank you...
Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

Response from Andrew T. Pavia, M.D.

University of Utah, School of Medicine
I am not sure why you are afraid of sulfadiazine and pyrimethamine. The most common side effect is anemia or low white blood count, but these can be treated with transfusion, erythropoietin (Epogen), or GCSF (Neupogen). We often give folinic acid... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis infection three years later

Dr. Currier, I have had Toxoplasmosis three years ago, got it under control in about three months. I developed lesions on the right side of my brain. The feeling on the left side of my body from head to toe is both numb and extra-sensitive. (It is...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
Since it's been 3 years, it's unlikely that things will change significantly now. There are medications that can improve the weird sensations. Ask your dooctor about gabapentin (Neurontin). It can be started at a low dose and then... Read more »

Toxoplasmosis and peripheral neuropathy

In October 1998 I had such unbearable pain in my head that I had to be hospitalized. I was told that there was a swelling in my brain and was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis. That pain is now gone but about four months after I got home I suffered with...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
The toxoplasmosis and peripheral neuropathy are not related events-- I know you didn't ask that outright but your title seemed to link them.Peripheral neuropathy can be due to HIV itself but can also be due to medications, such as ddI, ddC, d4T... 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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Have you made it through Toxo

Posted by BigSis, 3 Replies
My little brother is just getting through a horrible round of toxoplasmosis; we almost lost him several times. He wasnt on any medication before this, he was very private about everything and I thought he was taking care of himself. Since the toxo... Read more »

positive in largo florida....

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
tested positive the friday b4 thanksgiving. t cells 136.....what more is there to say......i could really use a friend who is positive right now. please call me @ 727-492-6020 or em me @ cw1ditek@hotmail.com. have questions as to the best way to... Read more »

Animals....Pets

Posted by Bear60, 2 Replies
In regard to HIV infected people keeping animals as pets, the guidelines are spelled out in detail in the PAWS website:
http://www.pawssf.org/
Its interesting to note that the previous post had a question about whether you can get HIV from animals.... Read more »