Amoebic Dysentery - Symptoms
The symptoms of amoebic dysentery's can be mild to severe depending on the location of infection. The infection can get to be life threatening in an immunocompromised individual (eg AIDS/HIV suffers) or a post transplant patient.
Mild early symptoms
- Weight loss
- Intermittent diarrhoea with foul-smelling stool that may be preceded by constipation.
- Blood and mucus in the stool.
- Gas and Abdominal Bloating
- Abdominal cramps and tenderness
The disease can sometimes become complicated if the amoebae break through the intestinal wall and the lining called peritoneum. This causes perforation and leads to
- Peritonitis, meaning the inflammation of the peritoneum.
The amoebae may be then carried in the blood to the liver resulting in the formation of an abscess that presents the following symptoms
- Pain in the upper right portion of the abdomen
- Weight loss
- Enlarged liver
- Davidson Text Of Medicine (17th Edition)
- Oxfords Handbook of medicine
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