Amoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness caused by a parasite and associated with stomach pain, bloody stools, and fever.
Amoebic dysentery is caused by a parasite called Entamoeba histolytica. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
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Factors that increase your risk of getting amoebic dysentery include:
Symptoms may include:
Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.
Your doctor may need tests of your bodily fluids and waste products. This can be done with:
Images may need to be taken of your bodily structures. 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. Probiotics may also be helpful.
To help reduce your chances of getting 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 August 2013 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/11/2013