Infectious Disease Compendium

Balantidium coli

Microbiology

A protozoan.

Epidemiologic Risks

Travel to S. America and SE Asia.

Syndromes

Most are asymptomatic, some with have the Hershey squirts (diarrhea, for you more fastidious readers).

Treatment

Tetracycline is treatment of choice, iodoquinol OR metronidazole can be tried.

Notes

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

Balantidium coli 007.0