DefinitionAmoebic dysentery is an intestinal illness.
CausesAmoebic dysentery is caused by a specific parasite. You may develop amoebic dysentery if you:
- Put something in your mouth that has touched the stool of an infected person.
- Swallow water or food that has been contaminated with the parasite.
- Touch cysts (eggs) from contaminated surfaces and bring them to your mouth
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Risk FactorsFactors that may increase your chance of amoebic dysentery include:
- Living in or traveling to developing countries, places that have poor sanitary conditions, or tropical or subtropical areas
- Living in institutions with poor sanitary conditions
- Household contact with infected person
- Having anal sexual intercourse
SymptomsMost people with the parasite do not have symptoms. Symptoms may include:
- Loose /watery stools or constipation
- Bloody stools
- Constant feeling you need to move your bowels
- Weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Pain on your right, upper side (if you have the parasite in your liver)
DiagnosisYour doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.Your doctor will need tests of your bodily fluids and waste products. This can be done with:
- Blood tests
- Stool samples
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