Our body is constantly being exposed to numerous pathogens like bacteria, virus, fungi and protozoa. However, the immune system in our body prevents the pathogens from invading and causing illness. But when the immunity is weakened, these organisms avail the opportunity to invade and to cause severe illness. Many opportunistic infections are acquired in hospital. They are a major cause of illness and death in oncology patients and are the leading cause of death in recipients of renal transplants. Severely immunocompromised patients may develop simultaneous infections with several different types of opportunist organisms and are the usual cause of death in patients with AIDS. The diagnosis and appropriate management of opportunistic infections poses a great dilemma to the clinicians. Learn all you need to know about these infections live with Dr. Trupti Gilada!
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