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Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Thoe | 2009/02/09

Q.

balstocystis in 5 year old

My five year old daughter recently had stool tests taken after complaining of stomach pains and diarrhoea. They revealed that there were cysts of blastocystis hominis present. Please explain what this is and what treatment is recommended.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a superb bit of laboratory investigation. This organism is usually spread by the so-called faecal-oral route. This means through poor hygiene in someone working with food who did not wash her/his hands after going to the toilet and contaminating food eaten by your daughter.The usual symptoms are exactly as you describe with your daughter.The organism which is called a protozoon is sensitive to an antibiotic called Ciprofloxacin.Discuss this with your paediatrician.

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