What symptoms does Dientamoeba fragilis cause?
Infection with Dientamoeba fragilis usually causes the following characteristic symptoms:
- abdominal distension and bloating
- an alternating bowel movement pattern
- especially in children: abdominal pain.
Dientamoeba fragilis is an intestinal parasite. However, with a Dientamoeba fragilis infection, the symptoms are not limited to only intestinal problems. Sometimes people infected cannot absorb nutrients properly, and nutrient shortages occur. In such cases, symptoms also include:
- hair loss
- sometimes skin irritation or pain in the joints.
Microbiologists now consider Dientamoeba fragilis to be a harmful organism. Dr. Gool has published a number of articles about Dientamoeba fragilis, also in the Dutch Journal of Medicine. He writes that children infected with the intestinal parasite Dientamoeba fragilis often suffer from symptoms such as abdominal pain and nausea. He also notes that Dientamoeba fragilis infection is regularly overlooked.