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Cysts of Blastocystis hominis

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My five year old daughter recently had stool tests taken after complaining of stomach pains and diarrhoea. They revealed that there were cysts of blastocystis hominis present. Please explain what this is and what treatment is recommended.
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replied February 20th, 2009
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It is a parasite, that lives in animal and human gastrointestinal tract, and causes different symptoms among which are abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, fatigue, and abdominal bloating.
A medical condition caused by infection of this parasite is known as a blastocystosis.
Using untreated water and vegetables contaminated with that water are usual sources for this infection.
Metronidazole and other antiprotozoal drugs are used to tread blastocytosis.

The correct therapy according to your child age can be given only by her pediatrist or infectologist.
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replied March 9th, 2009
Thank you for your response. It is very informative.
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