Balantidiasis

Below you will find more information about Balantidiasis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Balantidiasis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Balantidiasis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Balantidiasis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Balantidiasis is an infection of the intestine with parasitic protozoa (Balantidium coli) that results in swelling of the intestine. The disease is commonly acquired thru direct or indirect exposure with pig fecal matter.

Symptoms and Signs

The most common symptoms of Balantidiasis: Asymptomatic Fever Nausea Vomiting Abdominal pain Bloody diarrhea Intestinal ulcers

Complications

The list below is the common complications or problems experienced by individuals affected by this disease. Perforation or puncture of the ulcer Peritonitis Inflammation or swelling of the lining of the abdominal cavity.

Test

Diagnosis depends on the determination of trophozoites in stool samples or in tissue accumulated during endoscopy and cysts are less commonly met. Balantidium coli are conceded occasionally and once outside the colon are quickly damaged. To improve detection of the parasite, constant collection of stool samples must be collected. Diagnostic findings Microscopy Morphologic comparison with other intestinal parasites

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