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ICD-10 code: A07.0

Disease category: A07: Other protozoal intestinal diseases

Balantidiasis, also known as balantidiosis, is a parasitic infection caused by the protozoan Balantidium coli. The infection is prevalent in areas with poor sanitation and hygiene practices, particularly in tropical regions. Balantidiasis is commonly transmitted through the ingestion of contaminated food or water containing cysts of the parasite.

Symptoms of balantidiasis include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fever. In severe cases, the parasite can invade the intestinal wall and cause ulceration, leading to perforation and peritonitis.

Diagnosis is usually made by identifying the cysts or trophozoites in a stool sample. Treatment for balantidiasis typically involves the use of antibiotics, such as tetracycline or metronidazole. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair perforated or damaged intestinal tissue.

Prevention of balantidiasis involves practicing good sanitation and hygiene practices, such as washing hands before meals and thoroughly cooking food. In addition, proper disposal of sewage and waste can help prevent the spread of the infection.

Although balantidiasis is relatively uncommon, it can be a serious infection if left untreated. Therefore, individuals who suspect they may have been exposed to the parasite should seek medical attention promptly. With appropriate treatment and prevention measures, balantidiasis can be effectively managed and controlled.

Treatment of Balantidiasis:

Balantidiasis is an intestinal infection caused by the protozoan parasite Balantidium coli. The infection is usually contracted by ingesting contaminated food or water.

Symptoms of balantidiasis can include abdominal pain, diarrhea, and weight loss. In some cases, the infection may cause dysentery, with bloody stools and fever.

The standard treatment for balantidiasis is antibio...

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