An amoeba is a living organism from the amoeboid genus that is composed of a single-cell
and is mobile. Amoebas live in humid environments and can enter the body through contaminated water or food. One type of amoeba called entamoeba histolyticais responsible for a disease called amibiasis in people. Once it is localized in the colon
, the amoeba can cause a dysentery syndrome, with often painful and sometimes bloody diarrhea
as well as abdominal pain
. It can then go on to colonize other organs, notably the lungs, brain, or much more frequently the liver
, taking root in the form of abscesses. When a patient presents these digestive symptoms or an abscess revealed by imaging scan, a parasitic infection
is confirmed by blood analysis
, and medicinal treatment by amoebicides can treat it.
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Latest update on November 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM by Jeff.