Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Balantidiasis Evaluation

An evaluation of balantidiasis begins with a medical history and physical examination.

Unless dehydration is present, the physical exam is usually normal.

Testing for balantidiasis is necessary to confirm this diagnosis. A stool specimen is required for examination, in order to look for the parasite, Balantidium coli.

A stool culture can also detect:

Additional tests used to evaluate balantidiasis may include:

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Last Updated: Dec 9, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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