Journal of Parasitic Diseases

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 138–140 | Cite as

Balantidium Coli liver abscess: first case report from India

  • P. Kapur
  • A. K. DasEmail author
  • P. R. Kapur
  • M. Dudeja
Original Article


Protozoal infections are common in the tropics. Amoebic colitis is the commonest of these infections and can lead to liver abscess as a complication. Balantidium coli is a rare free moving protozoal parasite which is known to infest human large intestine causing a type of colitis very similar to that caused by Entamoeba histolytica. However this pathogen is not known to cause liver invasion in humans. We report here a case of liver abscess caused by B. coli, which is probably the first such case reported in Indian literature.


Balantidium coli Ciliate Liver abscess 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, HIMSR & H.A.H. Centenary HospitalJamia HamdardNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Batra HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology, HIMSR & H.A.H. Centenary HospitalJamia HamdardNew DelhiIndia

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