Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Balantidiasis Underlying Cause

Balantidiasis is caused by an infection with the parasite, Balantidium coli. After exposure to the parasite, most people with a normal immune system do not develop infection. However, those with a weak immune system are more likely to develop an infection.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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