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Amoebic infections

Richard Knight

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.070801_update_001

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Amoebic infections

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Two very different groups of amoebic species infect humans. (1) Obligate anaerobic gut parasites—including the major pathogen Entamoeba histolytica, Dientamoeba fragilis (which causes relatively mild colonic involvement with diarrhoea), and eight non-pathogenic species including Entamoeba dispar. (2) Aerobic free-living, water and soil amoebae—these can become facultative tissue parasites in humans after cysts or trophozoites are inhaled, ingested, or enter damaged skin or mucosae....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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