Parasitic infection in a young man presenting with non-specific abdominal pain

  • Farnaza A
  • Baha L
Keywords: Abdominal pain, diarrhoea, parasitic infection, Entamoeba histolytica, Blastocystis hominis


A 27-year-old man presented with a two-week history of central colicky abdominal pain associated with loose stools. Further history revealed that he had been exposed to contaminated waters. Stool investigation by direct wet stool smears revealed the presence of Entamoeba histolytica and Blastocystis hominis cysts. A diagnosis of amoebiasis secondary to E. histolytica and concurrent B. hominis infestation was made. We would like to emphasise the importance of clinical history including recent travel to endemic areas. Any suspicion of parasitic infection should prompt the clinician to investigate. Early diagnosis and management would prevent serious complications associated with E. Histolytica infection.


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AF., & LB. (2012). Parasitic infection in a young man presenting with non-specific abdominal pain. Malaysian Family Physician, 5(3), 3. Retrieved from
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