Dysentery caused by Balantidium coli in a patient with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma from Turkey

Yazar S., Altuntas F., Sahin I., ATAMBAY M.

WORLD JOURNAL OF GASTROENTEROLOGY, cilt.10, ss.458-459, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 10 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3748/wjg.v10.i3.458
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.458-459


Balantidium coli is the only parasitic ciliate of man. It is a flattened oval organism covered with cilia, and a gullet at the anterior end. It is infrequently pathogenic for man, although epidemic buds in tropical zones have been described. The infection fundamentally affects the colon and causes variable clinic pictures, from asymptomatic to serious dysenteric forms. We present a case of parasitologically diagnosed as causes of diarrhea in a patient with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma from Turkey. In order to find out the causative etiologic agent of diarrhea, stool samples were examined by native, lugol and flotation methods and we detected moving trophozoites, which were approximately 60 m m long and 35 m m wide. These bodies were diagnosed as Balantidium coli. This case underlines that Balantidium coli should also be considered as a possible pathogen in immunocompromised patients with diarrhea.