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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1828-1829
Blastocystosis and hepatitis: A case study

Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia; Hainan Medical University, China; Dr. DY Patil Medical University, India; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Nigeria

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Wiwanitkit V. Blastocystosis and hepatitis: A case study. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1828-9

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Dear Sir,

Blastocystosis is an important infection due to Blastocystis hominis.[1] The exact clinical spectrum of this infection is still a myth. Recently, Chen et al.[2] proposed that “chronic hepatitis B infection was a predisposing condition to the acquisition of B. hominis.”[2] Also noted that “significant intestinal dyspepsia was noted in all the patients with chronic hepatitis C and Blastocystis invasion”[3] Indeed, the interrelationship between hepatitis and blastocystosis is a very interesting issue in tropical medicine. Here, the author reports an observation in a Thai female patient presenting with chronic abdominal pain. After full laboratory investigation, the positive findings are blastocystosis and increased hepatic enzyme (without positive viral hepatitis test). There is no explanation of hepatitis in this case and the interesting question is whether B. hominis infection can induce hepatitis.

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Duda A, Kosik-Bogacka D, Lanocha N, Szymański S. Blastocystis hominis- parasites or commensals?. Ann Acad Med Stetin 2014;60:23-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
Chen TL, Chan CC, Chen HP, Fung CP, Lin CP, Chan WL, et al., Clinical characteristics and endoscopic findings associated with Blastocystis hominis in healthy adults. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2003;69:213-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
Sigidaev AS, Kozlov SS, Tarasova EA, Suvorova MA. Investigation of the genetic profile of Blastocystis species in Saint Petersburg residents with gastrointestinal tract diseases in different age groups. Med Parazitol (Mosk) 2013;4:19-23.  Back to cited text no. 3

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.188515

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