Amoebic dysentery is caused by a specific parasite. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
Factors that may increase your chance of amoebic dysentery include:
Most people with the parasite do not have symptoms. Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your body's fluids and waste products will be tested. This can be done with:
Images may need to be taken of your bodily structures, especially your liver. This can be done with:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
To help reduce your chances amoebic dysentery, take the following steps when traveling to a country that has poor sanitary conditions:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada
Amebiasis (amoebic dysentery). New York State Department of Health website. Available at: http://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/amebiasis/fact_sheet.htm. Updated September 2017. Accessed March 16, 2018.
Amebiasis. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T114784/Amebiasis. Updated December 9, 2016. Accessed March 16, 2018.
Parasites–amebiasis—Entamoeba histolytica infection . Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/amebiasis/index.html. Updated December 16, 2015. Accessed March 16, 2018.
Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James Cornell, MD
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