Balantidiasis | Large-Intestinal Infection - Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Smitha S. Dutt
Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team  on Jul 16, 2015
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for Balantidiasis?

One must consult a family physician who will recommend laboratory tests to confirm the diagnosis.

2. What are the different names for balantidiasis?

Balantidial dysentery, ciliary dysentery, and balantidiosis are the other names for balantidiasis.

3. What is the incidence rate in the world?

The incidence rate of Balantidiasis is around 1% globally and this is considered very low.

4. What is the other microorganism that cannot be distinguished from Balantidium coli?

The cysts of Buxtonella sulcata cannot be distinguished from Balantidium coli. This may result in misdiagnosis of Balantidiasis.

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