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amebic

 [ah-me´bik]
pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of, an ameba.
amebic dysentery a form of dysentery caused by Entamoeba histolytica and spread by contaminated food, water, and flies; it was formerly thought to be a purely tropical disease, but it is now known that many cases occur throughout the United States. It is usually less acute and virulent than bacillary dysentery, but it frequently becomes chronic. Symptoms are diarrhea, fatigue, and intestinal bleeding. Complications include involvement of the liver, liver abscess, and pulmonary abscess. For treatment several drugs are available, for example, emetine hydrochloride and chloroquine, which may be used singly or in combination. Called also intestinal amebiasis.

a·me·bic

(ă-mē'bik),
Relating to, resembling, or caused by amebas.

amebic

/ame·bic/ (ah-me´bik) pertaining to or of the nature of an ameba.

amebic

See ameba.

amebic

adjective Pertaining to
1. Amebiasis, see there.
2. Amoeba, see there.

a·me·bic

(ă-mē'bik)
Relating to, resembling, or caused by amebas.

amebic

pertaining to, caused by, or of the nature of, an ameba.

amebic dysentery
an acute amebic dysentery of humans caused by Entamoeba histolytica which rarely occurs spontaneously in dogs and cats. A similar disease of reptiles and amphibians is caused by E. invadens and E. ranarum.
amebic gill disease
caused by Paramoeba spp.; important disease in sea-caged salmonids; manifested by lethargy, flared opercula, rapid death; encouraged by high temperatures.
amebic granulomatosis
world-wide disease of goldfish; cause not definitely known; characterized by white nodules on the skin, visceral granulomata and ascites.
amebic meningoencephalitis
caused by Naegleria fowleri and is restricted in occurrence to humans.
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The combined prevalence of amebic colitis and amebic liver abscess is estimated at 40 to 50 million cases annually worldwide, resulting in 40,000 to100,000 deaths every year.
According to this study, there have been only 3 reports (1-3) in the literature of 3 cases of amebic pericarditis infection in the Thai population, of which 1 case was lethal.
They are most often confused with amebic or pyogenic liver abscesses.
Diagnosis and treatment of rupture of amebic abscess of the liver into the pericardium.
Amebic liver disease: 2-g dose per day for 3-5 days.
One uncommon, but almost always fatal, consequence of dissemination is multifocal encephalitis (granulomatous amebic encephalitis).
The disease is called ``primary amebic meningoencephalitis,'' and it is caused by a one-celled organism that commonly makes its home in freshwater lakes, particularly if they are warm and stagnant.
Only last year, for example, amebic contamination of Milwaukee's public water supply made more than 40,000 people ill.
It includes common infections, such as giardiasis, and uncommon infections such as Amebic meningoencephalitis.
Microscopic brain tissue examination showed signs of acute granulomatous inflammation, multiple hemorrhagic infarctions, and angiitis in the presence of numerous amebic trophozoites and cysts (Figure), which showed granulomatous hemorrhagic necrotic amebic meningoencephalitis.
Tindamax(R) is a second-generation 5-nitroimidazole compound and is indicated in the United States for the treatment of bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis, the intestinal infections giardiasis and intestinal amebiasis and amebic liver abscess.