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Stool parasites

Feb 27, 2002

I have had diarrhea problems and abdomen pains for almost a year now. The symptoms are sometimes disappearing for a few days (or weeks) but always come back. My stools ar mushy and loose, with undigested food particles. The doctor asked me to submit 3 stools samples. The following parasites were found in my stools samples:

Blastocystis hominis Endolimax nana Entamoaba hartmanni.

When I saw the doctor again he told me that I did not need any treatments since these parasites are considered nonpathogenic. However, I still have stomach pain and diarrhea and the doctor tells me it is probably cause by stress.

Can you give me a second opinion please.

Thanks in advance.

Response from Dr. Dieterich

If you have diarrhea and the parasites are there I don't see any reason not to try a treatment trial. I generally do for my patients. If you didn't have diarrhea, then I would not treat. I would also avoid milk and milk products. DTD

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