A parasitic infectious disorder caused by amoebas. The parasite may cause colitis which is manifested with bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and fever. In rare cases it may spread to the liver, brain and lungs

Symptoms of Amoebiasis

The following features are indicative of Amoebiasis:
  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • excessive gas
  • rectal pain
  • weight loss
It is possible that Amoebiasis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Amoebiasis

The following are the most common causes of Amoebiasis:
  • entamoeba histolytica parasite

Risk Factors for Amoebiasis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Amoebiasis:
  • alcohol consumption
  • cancer
  • malnutrition
  • older or younger age
  • pregnancy
  • use of corticosteroid medications

Prevention of Amoebiasis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Amoebiasis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • washing hands before eating
  • drink purified or boiled water
  • do not eat uncooked vegetables or unpeeled fruit

Occurrence of Amoebiasis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Amoebiasis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Amoebiasis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Amoebiasis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Amoebiasis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Amoebiasis:
  • Stool test: To identify parasitic infection
  • Sigmoidoscopy: To detect infection in sigmoid colon
  • Radiography, Ultrasonography, Computed tomography (CT) and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): To identify liver abscess, cerebral amoebiasis

Doctor for Diagnosis of Amoebiasis

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Amoebiasis:
  • Gastroenterologist

Complications of Amoebiasis if untreated

Yes, Amoebiasis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Amoebiasis is left untreated:
  • liver abscess
  • gastrointestinal bleeding
  • peritonitis

Self-care for Amoebiasis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Amoebiasis:
  • Good hygiene: Wash hands before eating protect against infection
  • Drink purified or boiled water: Protect against amoebiasis
  • Do not eat uncooked vegetables or unpeeled fruit: Protect against amoebiasis

Time for Treatment of Amoebiasis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Amoebiasis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 3 months

Is Amoebiasis Infectious?

Yes, Amoebiasis is known to be infectious. It can spread across people via the following means:
  • by contact with the mouth or rectal area of an infected person

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Amoebiasis.

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