Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1828--1829

Blastocystosis and hepatitis: A case study


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

Correspondence Address:
Viroj Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand




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Wiwanitkit V. Blastocystosis and hepatitis: A case study.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1828-1829


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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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