Amoeba - Definition

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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.