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Korean J Perinatol. 2008 Mar;19(1):84-87. Korean. Case Report.
Keum KH , Suh MA , Park HJ , Lee KH , Lee GH , Choi EJ , Kim JK , Chung HL , Kim WT .
Departments of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu, S. Korea. wootykim@cu.ac.kr
Abstract

Balantidium coli is the only pathogenic ciliate parasitizing humans. Balantidium coli is widely distributed in hogs, particularly in warm and temperate climates, and in monkeys in the tropics. It is infrequently pathogenic for man. Balantidium coli is considered as a possible pathogen in immunocompromised patients. The infection fundamentally affects the colon and cause variable clinical pictures, from asymptomatic to serious dysenteric forms. Apart from intestinal involvement there have been reports on lung, liver, vagina infection by Balantidium coli. Balantidium coli were observed in the gastric juice of neonate. this is first report of asymptomatic balantidiasis in neonate.

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