Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness.
Amoebic dysentery is caused by a specific parasite. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
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Factors that may increase your chance of amoebic dysentery include:
Most people with the parasite do not have symptoms. Symptoms may include:
You will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your body's fluids and waste products will be tested. This can be done with:
Images may need to be taken of your bodily structures, especially your liver. This can be done with:
Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
Several antibiotics are available to treat amoebic dysentery or liver infection. Probiotics may also be helpful to reduce the symptoms.
To help reduce your chances amoebic dysentery, take the following steps when traveling to a country that has poor sanitary conditions:
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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Public Health Agency of Canada
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Last reviewed March 2018 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James Cornell, MD Last Updated: 6/16/2014