Case reports about babesia point to weakening of immune system by Celiac

Discussion in 'Health News' started by Not dead yet!, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Not dead yet!

    Not dead yet! Well-Known Member

    Something interesting about spleen/celiac/infection is in the news. Irish and Spanish reports show a link between gluten induced illness and Babesia.


    Although most patients with babesiosis typically have a fever, there can also be non-specific symptoms, which can triggers delays or errors in diagnosis. Babesia divergens is considered the main agent of human babesiosis in Europe.

    A team of researchers recently reported a case of a celiac disease patient with splenic dysfunction from resulting in severe babesiosis. Their report describes a 79-year-old Irish man with hyposplenism and splenic atrophy due to adult celiac disease, who became critically ill from a severe Babesia divergens infection.



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    I didn't realize splenic function was "a thing" with celiac. It's certainly not listed in comorbidity lists. I have the fever and the spleen pain, and am probably Celiac... but is babesia easily tested for?