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Is paromomycin the drug of choice for eradication of Blastocystis in adults?
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PMID:  23053509     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Blastocystis is a protozoan parasite of controversial clinical significance that is often detected in stools of patients with gastrointestinal complaints. Patients infected with Blastocystis and persistent, unexplained gastrointestinal complaints are often treated with the intention to eradicate Blastocystis. However, there is no consensus on the most effective drug. We performed a retrospective follow-up study with a large cohort of patients in which the natural disease course and efficacy of treatment with either paromomycin, clioquinol, or metronidazole were evaluated. With an eradication rate of 77 %, treatment with paromomycin appeared significantly more effective than treatment with clioquinol (38 %), metronidazole (38 %), or no treatment (22 %). This study showed that (1) Blastocystis was frequently observed in the stools of our patient group (34 %), (2) spontaneous clearance of Blastocystis infections occurred only in a small proportion of patients (22 %), and therefore (3) drug treatment is required for more efficient eradication of Blastocystis. Paromomycin exhibited superior performance in comparison to both metronidazole and clioquinol.
Jaap J van Hellemond; Nicky Molhoek; Rob Koelewijn; Pieter J Wismans; Perry J J van Genderen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of infection and chemotherapy : official journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1437-7780     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Infect. Chemother.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9608375     Medline TA:  J Infect Chemother     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Erasmus University Medical Centre and Harbour Hospital, P.O. Box 2040, Rotterdam, 3000 CA, The Netherlands,
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