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Balantidium coli

Parasitology

Protozoa

  1. Viqar Zaman DSc FRCPath Honorary Visiting Professor1,
  2. F.E.G. Cox PhD DSc Senior Visiting Research Fellow2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0180

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Zaman, V. and Cox, F. 2010. Balantidium coli. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    The Aga Khan University, Department of Pathology & Microbiology, Karachi, Pakistan

  2. 2

    London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    Historical Introduction
  • 2
    Classification
  • 3
    Structure and Life Cycle
  • 4
    Biochemistry
  • 5
    Clinical Aspects
  • 6
    Epidemiology
  • 7
    Chemotherapy
  • 8
    Integrated Control

Keywords:

  • Balantidium coli-only ciliate known to infect humans and causing dysentery;
  • Balantidium species-found in variety of animals;
  • B. coli-having a trophozoite and cyst stage;
  • parasite transmitted by-oral-fecal route and cyst in infective stage;
  • multiplication by binary fission and elongation of organism;
  • chronic disease patients-having frequent bowel movements alternating with periods of constipation;
  • asymptomatic carriers-harboring parasites and continuing to pass cysts in feces;
  • integrated control-hygienic rearing of pigs and human-pig contact prevention