Which histopathologic findings suggest amebiasis?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Histopathologic findings may include nonspecific mucosal thickening, multiple discrete ulcers separated by regions of normal-appearing colonic mucosa, diffusely inflamed and edematous mucosa, necrosis, or wall perforation (see the image below).

Gross pathology of intestinal ulcers due to amebia Gross pathology of intestinal ulcers due to amebiasis. Image courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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