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balantidiasis

(băl″ăn-tĭ-dī′ă-sĭs)

Infection of the large intestine by Balantidium coli.

SYMPTOMS
Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, and weight loss.

TREATMENT
Treatment consists of tetracyclines, metronidazole, or paromomycin.

SYN: SEE: balantidal dysentery

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