In which groups is the severity of amebiasis increased?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Amebic infections can lead to significant morbidity while causing variable mortality. In terms of protozoan-associated mortality, amebiasis is second only to malaria. The severity of amebiasis is increased in the following groups:

  • Children, especially neonates

  • Pregnant and postpartum women

  • Those using corticosteroids

  • Those with malignancies

  • Malnourished individuals


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