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What are the tests for amebiasis?

What are the tests for amebiasis?

Stool examination: Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (elisa) is used to detect antigens from e histolytica in stool samples. Several kits are commercially available. Microscopic examination of stool for the parasite is not usually sensitive enough. ...Read more

Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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What sort of problem is amebiasis?

What sort of problem is amebiasis?

Variety of problems: Depending on the patient's immune system, infections with amoebas can cause conditions such as liver abscesses (entamoeba histolytica) from unwashed hands (less common now with better sanitation) and keratitis (acanthamoeba) from contaminated contact lens solution, to catastrophes such as meninigitis and brain abscesses (naegleria fowlerii, balamuthia mandrillaris) through inhalation of cysts. ...Read more

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What is the prescribed diet for amebiasis?

What is the prescribed diet for amebiasis?

No specific diet: Amebic colitis is first treated with a nitroimidazole derivative (metronidazole being the only one available in the United States), followed by a luminal (phenobarbital) agent to eradicate colonization (iodoquinol, paromomycin, diloxanide furoate). ...Read more

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For us doctors-- any chance of amebiasis?

For us doctors-- any chance of amebiasis?

History of travel: It is very unlikely in the us. If you travel to a country with poor sanitation, you could acquire the disease through contaminated food or water. ...Read more

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How do doctors diagnose and treat amebiasis?

Amebiasis: Often seen in tropical areas. Can check organism (Entamoeba histolytica) under microscope (but may be confused with others). often treated with metronidazole. ...Read more

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How do I ease pain from amebiasis recovery? Just treated for it, but still having sharp digestive pains! getting a followup soon, how to ease pain?

How do I ease pain from amebiasis recovery? Just treated for it, but still having sharp digestive pains! getting a followup soon, how to ease pain?

NSAIDS: Although not sure what you mean by digestive pains, you can alleviate most less than excruciating pain with Ibuprofen or acetaminophen, but be sure that your abdominal pain is not from ulcer disease because nsaids may exacerbate this. ...Read more

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I'm in my first trimester and recently i've diagnosed to amebiasis.What should i do?

Pregnancy/Amebiasis: you should be treated with Metranidazole (Flagyl) which is a category B drug in pregnancy. This means it is safe in pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Amebiasis (Definition)

Amebisasis is an infection, most commonly of the intestines, due to entamoeba histolytica, a parasite. Symptoms of infection can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, weighjt loss, fevers and, less commonly, blood in the stool. Diagnosis can be made by blood and/or stool tests. Treatment involves at least ten ...Read more


Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more