Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Balantidiasis, Man

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_355-2

Disease due to infections with the porcine ciliate Balantidium coli via oral uptake of cysts from feces.

Main Clinical Symptoms

Diarrhoea, nausea, obstipation.

Incubation Period

Days to weeks.

Prepatent Period

4 days to weeks.

Patent Period



Microscopic determination of cysts and trophozoites in fecal smears (Fig. 1).


Clinical Symptom Incubation Period Oral Uptake Microscopic Determination Prepatent Period 
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Further Reading

  1. Hindsbo O et al. (2000) Age–dependent occurrence of the intestinal ciliate Balantidium coli in pigs. Acta Vet Scand 41:79–83Google Scholar
  2. Labes EM et al. (2010) Intestinal parasites of endangered orang utans. Parasitology 137:123–135Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieHeinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany