Amebic Dysentery

The Exudate as a Guide to Treatment

G. R. CallenderFort Sam Houston, Texas

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  1. 1. In the cases observed, the use of arsenicals in the treatment of amebic dysentery in which the exudate indicated obvious secondary infection, increased the inflammatory exudate and intensified the clinical symptoms of the disease.
  2. 2. The use of an arsenical in 2 cases of amebic ulceration not obviously secondarily infected, resulted in prompt cure.
  3. 3. The use of the quinoline compound anayodin was relatively ineffective over a period of four days in removing the amebae and apparently increased the inflammatory response to some degree, though apparently it was not as irritant as the arsenical compounds.
  4. 4. Emetine has prompt effects in amebic ulceration of the intestine and appears to be the best drug now available for the initial treatment.
  5. 5. The character of the exudate in amebic ulceration can be used as a guide to treatment and offers information supplementing that of the clinical picture.