Digestive Diseases and Sciences

, Volume 34, Issue 10, pp 1621–1623 | Cite as

Invasive balantidiasis presented as chronic colitis and lung involvement

  • Spiros D. Ladas
  • Sotiria Savva
  • Aristides Frydas
  • Angelos Kaloviduris
  • John Hatzioannou
  • Sotos Raptis
Case Report


A unique case of chronic balantidiasis is described, presenting with chronic colitis and inflammatory polyposis of the rectum and sigmoid colon and an intrapulmonary mass. Histology of the colonic polyps showedBalantidium coli, and bothAspergillus andBalantidium coli were found in the aspirate of the pulmonary mass. The patient was treated with doxycycline HC1 100 mg/day for 10 days with complete clinical recovery and marked improvement of the endoscopic appearance of the colonic mucosa.

Key words

Balantidium coli balantidial colitis inflammatory colonic polyposis dystentery aspergilloma 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Spiros D. Ladas
    • 1
  • Sotiria Savva
    • 1
  • Aristides Frydas
    • 1
  • Angelos Kaloviduris
    • 1
  • John Hatzioannou
    • 1
  • Sotos Raptis
    • 1
  1. 1.Gastroenterology Unit, Second Department of Internal Medicine-PropaedeuticAthens University, Evangelismos HospitalAthensGreece

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