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Balantidiasis Overview

What is balantidiasis?
A person with balantidiasis has inflammation of the colon, caused by an infection with the parasite, Balantidium coli. Balantidiasis occurs primarily in those with weak immune systems, such those who have AIDS or receive chemotherapy.

What are the symptoms of balantidiasis?
Common symptoms of balantidiasis include abdominal pain, nausea, and diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus.

How does the doctor treat balantidiasis?
Treatment for balantidiasis includes rest, hydration, and antibiotics.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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