Amebiasis, or amoebic dysentery, is a gastrointestinal illness that develops when an organism called a parasite enters your intestines. The illness may cause diarrhea, nausea, stomach cramps, and fever. Healthcare providers usually treat it with antibiotics.
Amebiasis is a disease caused by a one-celled parasite called Entamoeba histolytica.
Not everyone who has an amebiasis infection gets sick. You might not have any amebiasis symptoms, especially when you’re first infected. You may develop symptoms within four weeks after infection. Symptoms include:
Your doctor may suspect amebiasis after asking about your recent health and travel history.
It can be difficult to diagnose amebiasis because E. histolytica looks a lot like other parasites, such as E. dispar, which is occasionally seen with E. histolytica but is generally considered nonpathogenic, meaning it’s not associated with disease.
To detect E. histolytica and rule out other possible infections, your doctor may order tests such as stool samples and antigen testing.
Exams and tests
The following tests may be performed to check for the presence of E. histolytica:
Note: Amebiasis with or without liver abscess is parallel in symptomatology with ulcerative colitis and should be rated on the scale provided for the latter. Similarly, lung abscess due to amebiasis will be rated under the respiratory system schedule, diagnostic code .
Mild gastrointestinal disturbances, lower abdominal cramps, nausea, gaseous distention, chronic constipation interrupted by diarrhea
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