What is the morbidity associated with Dientamoeba fragilis infection?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Maria A Garcia Fernandez, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Colonization may occur without development of disease, and, in adults, asymptomatic colonization was once thought to be present in 75-85% of individuals infected by the parasite. More recently, it is not believed that asymptomatic carriage is as prevalent as once thought and in children symptomatic disease develops in as many as 90% of those colonized. In 2014, new research was presented at the 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) that questioned the pathogenicity of the parasite. [5]

No specific mortality is associated with this enteropathogen. Morbidity related to acute infection occurs in the first 1-2 weeks of the disease, with symptomatology predominated by diarrhea and abdominal pain. Chronic infection occurs after 1-2 months of illness and is manifested by abdominal pain.


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