image of Case Report: Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding due to Entamoeba histolytica Detected Early by Multiplex PCR: Case Report and Review of the Laboratory Diagnosis of Amebiasis
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We report a case of infection in a young man who presented with cerebral infarction and shortly after admission developed bloody diarrhea with fever. A rapid diagnosis of severe colitis was established through the use of a multiplex polymerase chain reaction enteropathogen stool panel. This result was unexpected in a patient native to the United States without known risk factors for amebiasis and negative stool microscopy examination for ova and parasites. Rapid diagnosis allowed prompt initiation of appropriate anti-amebic therapy and ultimately a good outcome in a condition that otherwise carries high morbidity and mortality.


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  • Received : 29 Mar 2019
  • Accepted : 15 Sep 2019
  • Published online : 28 Oct 2019
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