How is intestinal amebiasis distinguished from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Intestinal amebiasis may be mistakenly treated as if it were inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Accordingly, in all patients with suspected IBD, lower gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy should be performed before treatment with steroids is initiated.

The following consultations may be helpful:

  • Infectious disease specialist

  • General surgeon

  • GI specialist

Follow-up stool examination after therapy completion is recommended to ensure intestinal eradication. No special diet is recommended.


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