Help! I have a parasite

Omar O. Barriga oobarrig at
Fri Feb 28 18:31:31 EST 1997

In article <01bc250f$36ebee20$3dd165cc at steve-wendy> "Steve + Wendy" <swkemp at> writes:
>From: "Steve + Wendy" <swkemp at>
>Newsgroups: bionet.parasitology
>Subject: Help! I have a parasite
>Date: 28 Feb 1997 00:32:35 GMT
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>Does anyone out there have any information on this parasite :


>My wife has been sick for several months and her doctor found this
>parasite. Her doctor first prescribed Tetracyline and it did not go away.
>She is now on Diodoquin 650mg 3/d - but we are not sure if it is killing
>the thing or not. 

>If anyone has any information it would be very much appreciated.

Steve + Wendy:

	Dientamoeba fragilis is an intestinal protozan of humans to
which most specialists do no assign any pathogenic power. That is,it does 
not cause disease. I am sure that somebody will come up with an anecdotal 
case in which D. fragilis caused some obscure symptoms in some obscure country 
in 1826 or about. The fact is, D. fragilis is NOT a cause of disease in >99%
of the cases.  Yoy may do better looking for another case for your wife's 
	Good luck,
				Omar O. Barriga

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