Balantidiasis

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Basic synonyms

  • Balantidiosis
  • Balantidosis
  • Ciliary Dysentery

Problem Class

  • None

General Discussion
Balantidiasis is an uncommon digestive infection caused by the microorganism, Balantidium coli, a solitary celled parasite (ciliate protozoan) that often contaminates pigs yet from time to time (seldom) contaminates human beings. Some infected people may have no signs and symptoms or only light looseness of the bowels as well as stomach discomfort yet others might experience more extreme symptoms evocative an intense inflammation of the intestinal tracts. Symptoms of Balantidiasis may resemble those of various other infections that trigger intestinal tract inflammation, for example, amoebic dysentery.