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Help! I have a parasite

cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca cigolott at nbnet.nb.ca
Sun Mar 2 17:36:56 EST 1997

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<oobarrig.120.33176AD3 at pop.service.ohio-state.edu> -
oobarrig at pop.service.ohio-state.edu (Omar O. Barriga)
>In article <01bc250f$36ebee20$3dd165cc at steve-wendy> "Steve + Wendy" <swkemp at ultratech.net> writes:
>>Path:>>From: "Steve + Wendy" <swkemp at ultratech.net>
>>Newsgroups: bionet.parasitology
>>Subject: Help! I have a parasite
>>Date: 28 Feb 1997 00:32:35 GMT>
>>Does anyone out there have any information on this parasite :
>>My wife has been sick for several months and her doctor found this
>>parasite. Her doctor first prescribed Tetracyline and it did not go away.
>>She is now on Diodoquin 650mg 3/d - but we are not sure if it is killing
>>the thing or not. 
>>If anyone has any information it would be very much appreciated.
>Steve + Wendy:
>	Dientamoeba fragilis is an intestinal protozan of humans to
>which most specialists do no assign any pathogenic power. That is,it does 
>not cause disease. I am sure that somebody will come up with an anecdotal 
>case in which D. fragilis caused some obscure symptoms in some obscure country 
>in 1826 or about. The fact is, D. fragilis is NOT a cause of disease in >99%
>of the cases.  Yoy may do better looking for another case for your wife's 
>	Good luck,
>				Omar O. Barriga

This appears to be the idea in *some* textbooks. I did see,
however several that questioned this. Have had a couple of
cases that this organisms showed off and on in stools
concurrent with GI symptoms. Appropriate treatment got the
organism and the symptoms. The troubling aspect of this is
where these folks picked up a tropical organism with no
signs of foreign contact.....

i do have some info at the office. If you can't make any
headway feel free to email me and will dig it up.

tom c.

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