Misdiagnosis of Amebiasis
Alternative diagnoses list for Amebiasis:
For a diagnosis of Amebiasis,
the following list of conditions
have been mentioned in sources
as possible alternative diagnoses
to consider during the diagnostic process for Amebiasis:
Diseases for which Amebiasis may be an alternative diagnosis
The other diseases for which Amebiasis
is listed as a possible alternative
diagnosis in their lists include:
Discussion of diagnosis/misdiagnosis of Amebiasis:
Diagnosis of amebiasis can be very difficult. One problem is that other parasites and cells can
look very similar to E. histolytica when seen under a microscope. Therefore, sometimes people
are told that they are infected with E. histolytica even though they are not.
Entamoeba histolytica and another amoeba, Entamoeba dispar, which is about 10 times more common, look the same when seen under a microscope. Unlike infection with
E. histolytica, which sometimes makes people sick, infection with E. dispar never makes people sick and therefore does not need
to be treated.
If you have been told that you are infected with E. histolytica but you are feeling fine, you might
be infected with E. dispar instead. Unfortunately, most laboratories do not yet have the tests that
can tell whether a person is infected with E. histolytica or with E. dispar. Until these tests become more widely available, it usually is best to assume that the parasite is
E. histolytica. (Source: excerpt from Amebiasis: DPD)
Common Misdiagnoses and Amebiasis
Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely
to cause some level of diarrhea in patients.
The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria,
but can also kill the "good" bacteria in the gut.
This leads to "digestive imbalance" where there are too few remaining "good"
bacteria in the digestive system.
The treatment is typically to use "probiotics", such as by eating yoghurt cultures
containing more of the good bacteria.
See digestive imbalance and probiotics.
General Misdiagnosis Articles
Read these general articles with an overview of misdiagnosis issues.
When checking for a misdiagnosis of Amebiasis
or confirming a diagnosis of Amebiasis,
it is useful to consider what other
medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative
conditions relevant to diagnosis.
These alternate diagnoses of Amebiasis may already have
been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible
alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Amebiasis.
For a general overview of misdiagnosis issues for all diseases,
see Overview of Misdiagnosis.