WILLIAM D. LEBAR, M.Sc.; EDWARD C. LARSEN, M.D.; KAPIL PATEL, M.D.
To the editor: Blastocystis hominis is receiving increased attention as a cause of diarrhea (1-3). Vannatta and colleagues (4) recently reported a case of recurrent diarrhea caused by B. hominis in a 28-year-old man. We have just evaluated a patient who had recurrent watery diarrhea.
A 15-year-old female was in good general health until the onset of diarrhea. She had no accompanying fever and no associated vomiting. She was treated symptomatically at home with diet and given a trial on both Lomotil (G.D. Searle, Chicago, Illinois) and Donnatal (A.H. Robins, Richmond, Virginia). She returned 1 week later, still complaining of
LEBAR WD, LARSEN EC, PATEL K. Afebrile Diarrhea and Blastocystis hominis. Ann Intern Med. 1985;103:306. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-2-306_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(2):306.
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