Amebiasis (amebic dysentery) is a parasitic infection of the large
intestine and sometimes the liver. More common in developing countries, the
parasite is spread by flies, cockroaches, and direct contact with hands, food,
or drinking water contaminated with feces from an infected person.
Sometimes no symptoms are present. When symptoms do appear, they
Abdominal bloating and
Gas and foul-smelling
Diarrhea that comes and goes.
Mucus and blood
in the stool.
To diagnose amebiasis, a doctor will have laboratory
tests done on a stool sample. Treatment may include medicine, fluid
replacement, rest, a diet of soft foods, and education about the importance of
frequent hand-washing and other preventive measures.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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