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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Amebiasis (Definition)

A parasitic infection of the intestines caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica. Symptoms of amebiasis include loose stool, abdominal ...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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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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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

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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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What are the signs and symptoms of amebiasis? What test should I take?

Intestinal: The initial symptoms are often intestinal (abd cramps, diarrhea etc). Amoeba infection is more likely if you have recently traveled to a developing country or have consume untreated water from a stream. Usually getting stool samples to examine for ova and parasite would be the first step. ...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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Can amebiasis be present without diarrhea?

Amoeba infection: It's common for someone to be infected with Entamoeba histolytica, the parasite that causes amoebic dysentery, to have no significant symptoms. In fact, probably only about 10% of people do. Most infections are found in developing countries where sanitation is not great. If you've traveled there and you think you have symptoms, you should get checked out by an Infectious Diseases specialist. ...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

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Amebiasis treatment: does the order if treatment matter? Dr cahill specifically ordered me to take paromomycin first. Followed by tinidazole.

Amoebiasis: Paromomycin will elimated the entamoeba histolytica from the GI tract so that it doesn't get back into the circulation after your extraintestinal disease has been treated with tinidazole, since unless given in very large doses the tinidazole will not affect the colonic amoebae. Your doctor is accurate. Listen to them. ...Read more

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On 5th of 10 days of paromomycin for invasive amebiasis, and I'm having moderate upper GI pain (middle below my breasts) should I be worried? It hurts!

On 5th of 10 days of paromomycin for invasive amebiasis, and I'm having moderate upper GI pain (middle below my breasts) should I be worried? It hurts!

Paromomycin: This antibiotic is poorly absorbed from the GI tract and 100% is recoverable in stool. It is only meant to treat intestinal amoebiasis and if you have extra-intestinal disease you need very different therapy. You should not only be worried, but go immediately to a doctor (infectious diseases expert would be good) who understands this disease and get evaluated and treated appropriately. Go now. ...Read more

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Dull, throbbing pain in the right side of my chest that comes any goes- treated for invasive amebiasis recently. Daily cannabis user/no cigarettes.

Chest pain: Do not understand what you are asking. You must see a doctor to assess the cause of your chest pain. This cannot be done over the internet. Go and get examined. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you have invasive amebiasis infection or one that can be cured with paromomycin alone? Is blood or pus in stool always required? ?

Amoebiasis: Invasive disease is extraintestinal and usually involves at least the liver, and many other organ systems may be involved, including heart, lungs, brain. You will usually be symptomatic when this occurs. Intestinal amoebiasis can usually be discerned on microscopic exam of stool specimens to check for efficacy of therapy. ...Read more

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Still having amebiasis symptoms (abdominal pain) after treatment with tinidazole and paromomycin. Is this just inflammation from the months of illness?

Go back to doctor: You should be seen and re-examined and have stool specimens and possibly imaging studies. The abdominal pain may or may not be in any way related to the amoebiasis, but you need to be certain. Good luck. ...Read more

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My mother suffering with a problem of chronic amebiasis and her age is 50yrs, she is under tmt with Flagyl and ofloxacin with tindiazole, hw long threpy?

My mother suffering with a problem of chronic amebiasis and her age is 50yrs, she is under tmt with Flagyl and ofloxacin with tindiazole, hw long threpy?

About 5 -10 days: Metronidazole or tinidazole are generally used for about a 5 day course to eliminate tissue infection, often followed by paromomycin or diloxanide to treat the intestinal form of the parasite. Do not know why she is getting ofloxacin, unless more than one infection. ...Read more

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What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches (non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

Many possibilities: Muscle twitches can be caused by a wide variety of things. More common causes are caffeine, stress and nutrient deficiency. If you were having a lot of diarrhea with your amebiasis, you might have also had some nutrient loss. Persistent muscle twitching can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. I recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What is the drug used to treat amoebiasis?

Several: Metranidazole, Tinidazole, Nitroimidazole and some luminal (phenobarbital) agents (paromomycin or diloxanide). ...Read more

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My 1 month old daughter is diagnosed w/amoebiasis. She's taking her medicine (metronidazole) for a week now. Still pooping 4-6x a day. What to do?

My 1 month old daughter is diagnosed w/amoebiasis. She's taking her medicine (metronidazole) for a week now. Still pooping 4-6x a day. What to do?

Amoebiasis: The most important thing is - did she get cured of it or not. The frequency of stools will hopefully slow down once the infection is cured. Another thing is that stool frequency of 4-6x/day is not abnormal even in healthy children of 1 month of age, so I would not necessarily attribute it to amoebiasis. ...Read more

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How dangerous is amoebiasis?

How dangerous is amoebiasis?

Often no symptoms: Amebiasis causes illness in 10- 20% of those infected. It can lead to loose stool, cramps & abdominal pain. Severe form (dysentery) can lead to fever & bloody diarrhea. In rare cases it has seeded other parts of the body such as the brain or liver (where it can form an abscess). ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of amoebiasis?

What are the symptoms of amoebiasis?

GI: Of the 10% to 20% of people who become symptomatic from e. Histolytica infection it is usually mild with loose stool, abdominal pain & cramping. In more serious cases of dysentery there is bloody diarrhea, fever & abdominal pain. There are cases where it has spread to the liver, lungs & brain. ...Read more