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Dientamoeba fragilis: a bowel pathogen?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3469546     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although many patients infected with Dientamoeba fragilis suffer gastrointestinal symptoms, controversy still surrounds the pathogenic role of this intestinal protozoan. We describe three patients infected with D fragilis who had gastrointestinal symptoms. In the first patient symptoms resolved with therapy before the protozoan was eradicated from the stool, however in the second, symptoms persisted unabated despite clearing of the organism. In the third patient, symptoms resolution was associated with effective treatment. We discuss the life cycle, diagnosis and treatment of this organism and its role as a pathogen.
R B Oxner; G P Paltridge; B A Chapman; H B Cook; P F Sheppard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The New Zealand medical journal     Volume:  100     ISSN:  0028-8446     ISO Abbreviation:  N. Z. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1987 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1987-04-16     Completed Date:  1987-04-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401067     Medline TA:  N Z Med J     Country:  NEW ZEALAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  64-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Amebiasis / diagnosis*
Dientamoeba / isolation & purification,  pathogenicity*
Dientamoebiasis / diagnosis*
Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / diagnosis*
Intestine, Large / parasitology

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