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Are some people more prone to getting amebiasis?

Are some people more prone to getting amebiasis?

Amebiasis: Caused by entamoeba histolytica, amebiasis is worldwide, ranges from asymptomatic carrier to fulminant severe illness, & may involve multiple organs (generally colon). It is passed by direct fecal-oral contamination (sexually, day care, institutional settings). Amoeba assume greater invasive potential in those with at-risk sexual behavior, who are immunosuppressed, taking steroids, or pregnant. ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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


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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

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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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Does amebiasis usually cause many symptoms?

Yes: Diarrhea of >1 week duration, abdominal pain and tenderness, weight loss, cramps, infrequently fever. There is usually history of travel to an endemic area beforehand. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: amebiasis?

Intestinal infection: 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 days of an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is it a fact that once amebiasis strikes you it never leaves your system?

Is it a fact that once amebiasis strikes you it never leaves your system?

No: Amebiasis can be treated and eliminated. 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