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Endemic invasive amoebiasis in northern Australia

McCarthy, James S., Peacock, David, Trown, Kevin P., Bade, Patrick, Petri Jr, William A. and Currie, Bart J. (2002). Endemic invasive amoebiasis in northern Australia. Medical Journal of Australia,177(10):570-570.

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Title Endemic invasive amoebiasis in northern Australia
Author McCarthy, James S.
Peacock, David
Trown, Kevin P.
Bade, Patrick
Petri Jr, William A.
Currie, Bart J.
Journal Name Medical Journal of Australia
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 177
Issue Number 10
ISSN 0025-729X   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 570
End Page 570
Total Pages 1
Place of Publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty. Ltd.
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract In October 2000, a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy from the Darwin region of the Northern Territory was referred to hospital with a 24-hour history of abdominal pain, initially generalised, but then localising to the right iliac fossa. The pain was accompanied by occasional vomiting, but no fever or diarrhoea was noted. At laparotomy, a gangrenous, unruptured appendix was removed. Postoperatively, the patient made a good recovery. Neither he nor any family members had travelled outside the Northern Territory.

Histological sections of the surgical specimen showed changes typical of acute suppurative appendicitis. Closer examination, however, revealed numerous round-to-oval structures resembling trophozoites (see Box). When the possibility of invasive amoebiasis was raised, staining of the section with Entamoeba histolytica-specific sera confirmed the diagnosis. E. histolytica serology was negative.

Keywords amoebiasis
northern Australia
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