Amebiasis presenting as acute appendicitis

Javier E. Andrade, Raul Mederos, Haidy Rivero, Morgan A. Sendzischew, Mauela Soaita, Morton J. Robinson, Harry Sendzischew, Payman Danielpour

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Amebiasis presenting as acute appendicitis is extremely rare. The case of a 38-year-old Hispanic man who presented to the hospital with symptoms and signs suggestive of acute appendicitis is reported. He underwent laparoscopic appendectomy and the pathologic examination of the appendix revealed multiple trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica. The patient was treated postoperatively with metronidazole for amebiasis, and follow-up stool studies showed no sign of residual infection. The patient has remained asymptomatic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1140-1142
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Acute abdomen
  • Amebiasis
  • Appendicitis
  • Entamoeba histolytica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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