Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pulmonary Amebiasis

Pulmonary amebiasis is a lung infection caused by Entamoeba histolytica, a protozoan which gets into the human body through contaminated water and food. Usually, pulmonary amebiasis is the result of an amebic invasion of the lung pleura from the liver in an hepatic amebiasis case, which in turn is caused by intestinal amebiasis, with the amoeba infection spreading from the instestine to the liver and into the lungs through the diaphragm and pleural sacs. Symptoms are cough, pain in the chest, fever, etc. Treatment: nitroimidazole.