Fourth leading parasitic cause of death worldwide (behind malaria and schistosomiasis) (1)
Noninvasive infection (symptoms often nonspecific)
Invasive infection (amebic colitis; amebic dysentery)
Gradual onset of bloody diarrhea
Primarily outpatient. Fulminant colitis with hypovolemia or complicated liver abscess requires inpatient management.
Asymptomatic E. histolytica infection should be treated with luminal agent...
Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 Mortality and Causes of Death Collaborators. Global, regional, and national age-sex specific all-cause and cause-specific mortality for 240 cause...
A06.9 Amebiasis, unspecified
A06.0 Acute amebic dysentery
A06.4 Amebic liver abscess
A06.3 Ameboma of intestine
A06.7 Cutaneous amebiasis
A06.6 Amebic brain abscess
A06.5 Amebic lung abscess
Most E. histolytica infections are asymptomatic. Treat with luminal agents to eradicate infection and prevent shedding of cysts.
Invasive infection is treated by nitroimidazole agents followed b...
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