effacing lesion

effacing lesion
The type of lesion caused by enteropathogenic strains of E. coli (EPEC) when the bacteria attach to and destroy the brush border of intestinal epithelial cells. The term AE (attaching-effacing) E. coli is now used to designate true EPEC strains that are an important cause of diarrhea in children from developing countries and in traveler\'s diarrhea.

Microbiology. . 2009.

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  • attaching-effacing lesion — in intestinal infections with enteroadherent or enteropathogenic Escherichia coli, an area where the microvilli have been destroyed and bacteria are adherent …   Medical dictionary

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