Treatment of Balantidiasis. Balantidium coli infection can be treated effectively with antibiotics. Three drugs are commonly used and administered orally. Ferri, L.V. Contribution to the Epidemiology of Balantidiasis. Trop. Dis. Bull. . Santos, J.A. Aureomicina en el tratamiento de balantidiasis coli. Bol. Asoc. méd. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Human balantidiasis. A case report | A year-old woman, who presented to hospital with melaena and faecal peritonitis.

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Most cases are asymptomatic. Because pigs are an animal reservoir, human infections occur more frequently in areas where pigs are raised. Note the visible cilia on the cell surface. DPDx is an education resource designed for health professionals and laboratory scientists.

Note the cytosome black arrow and the bean shaped macronucleus. Enter Email Address What’s this? Symptoms can be severe in debilitated persons.

Balantiidiasis 4, Content source: Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to navigation Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content. The host most often acquires the cyst through ingestion of contaminated food or water. Some return to the lumen and disintegrate. Following ingestion, excystation occurs in the small intestine, and the trophozoites colonize the large intestine.


Mature cysts are passed with feces.

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Image Gallery Balantidium coli cysts in wet mounts. Get Email Updates To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: The trophozoites reside in the lumen of the large intestine of humans and animals, where they replicate by binary fission, during which conjugation may occur.

Clinical manifestations, when present, include persistent diarrhea, occasionally dysentery, abdominal pain, and weight loss. Morphologic comparison with other intestinal parasites. December 4, Page last updated: Cysts are the parasite stage responsible for transmission of balantidiasis.

Laboratory Diagnosis Laboratory Diagnosis Diagnosis is based on detection of trophozoites in stool specimens or in tissue collected during endoscopy. For an overview including prevention and control visit www. Other potential animal reservoirs include rodents and nonhuman primates. Balantidium coli is passed intermittently and once outside the colon is rapidly destroyed.

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Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir. Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by HHS, CDC or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site. Trophozoites undergo encystation to produce infective cysts.


Both Balantidium coli trophozoites and cysts are found in stool. Life Cycle Cysts are the parasite stage responsible for transmission of balantidiasis. Cysts are less frequently encountered. Diagnosis is balanttidiasis on detection of trophozoites in stool specimens or in tissue collected during endoscopy. Trophozoites are characterized by: Some trophozoites invade the wall of the colon and multiply.

Image contributed by the Oregon Public Health Laboratory. Thus stool specimens should be collected repeatedly, and immediately examined or preserved to enhance detection of balantiidiasis parasite.