Humatin in Intestinal Amebiasis

S. BellLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London

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A. W. WoodruffLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London

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Summary

  1. 1. Twenty patients who had Entamoeba histolytica cysts in their feces were treated for 10 days with 30 mg Humatin per kg of body weight daily.
  2. 2. Among 14 of the patients, whose stools were examined daily during treatment, the mean time required for them to be cleared of cysts of E. histolytica was 3.7 days.
  3. 3. Nineteen patients have been followed up for periods ranging from 1 month to over 1 year after treatment and one has relapsed.
  4. 4. Six patients suffered from diarrhea which was apparently a side effect of the drug. The diarrhea ceased soon after completion of treatment.
  5. 5. No evidence of side effects of the drug on the blood or urine was obtained in these patients.

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