Balantidiasis Treatment & Management

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: Valda M Chijide, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Treatment

Medical Care

Special attention should be paid to volume replacement and electrolyte repletion in patients with balantidiasis who have severe diarrhea.

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Surgical Care

Balantidiasis rarely manifests as acute appendicitis, which requires appendectomy. [7]

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Consultations

Consult a surgeon for management of acute abdomen problems (eg, appendectomy, laparotomy).

Consult a gastroenterologist for patients who require colonoscopy.

Therapy in an intensive care unit may be required for patients with balantidiasis who show signs of clinical deterioration despite receipt of appropriate antibiotics.

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Prevention

A clean water supply and hygienic living conditions can prevent balantidiasis.

Avoiding contact with pigs and fertilizer that is contaminated with pig excrement can decrease the risk of balantidiasis.

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Long-Term Monitoring

Patients with balantidiasis should have a follow-up visit after treatment to document the resolution of symptoms. Also, obtain a stool specimen and a wet smear to check for organisms.

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