It is an infection caused by any of the amoebas of the Entamoeba group. Symptoms are abdominal pain, mild diarrhoea, bloody diarrhea or severe colitis with tissue death and perforation. People affected may develop anemia due to loss of blood.
HOW IS AMOEBIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Amoebiasis can be diagnosed by assessing patient’s health history, stool samples and liver tests. In advanced cases, a CT scan and Colonoscopy might be performed.
HOW IS AMOEBIASIS TREATED?
The treatment for Amebiasis includes oral ingestion of pills that contain metronidazole, like Flagyl. In case nausea is being encountered, then the gastroenterologist may also prescribe some nausea fighting drugs.
DID YOU KNOW?
Amoebiasis is most common in the Indian subcontinent, parts of Central and South America, and parts of Africa.