Acute gastroenteritis due to Blastocystis hominis in an adolescent boy

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Abstract

Acute gastroenteritis with persistent vomiting, high degree fever and blood streaking stools often suggests bacterial aetiology in children. Authors report a 13-year-old boy presenting with acute watery diarrhoea with persistent vomiting, fever of 103°F, abdominal cramps and blood streaking stools who failed to show any response to parenteral third-generation cephalosporin for 72 hours. The stool examination revealed numerous cystic and amoeboid forms of Blastocystis hominis. Metronidazole was started and the boy promptly responded within 24 hours. There was no recurrence of symptoms then onwards. The case highlights the crucial stool examination in case of acute diarrhoeal disease for rare aetiology.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere237810
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Volume13
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21-12-2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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