Encyclopedia of Parasitology

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| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Balamuthia mandrillaris

  • Heinz Mehlhorn
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27769-6_3720-1

Free-living amoeba, which is found in fresh water ponds and in soil. This species, which is the only one of this genus that parasitizes in humans, leads to a so-called granulomatic amoebic encephalitis (GAE). Its life cycle runs like that of Acanthamoeba castellanii.


Life Cycle Fresh Water Water Pond Acanthamoeba Castellanii Granulomatic Amoebic Encephalitis 
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Further Reading

  1. Jackson BR et al (2014) Serologic survey for exposure following fatal Balamuthia mandrillaris infection. Parasitol Res 113:1305–1311CrossRefPubMedPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  2. Lobo SA et al (2013) Diagnostic challenges in Balamuthia mandrillaris infections. Parasitol Res 112:4015–4019CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für Zoomorphologie, Zellbiologie und ParasitologieDüsseldorfGermany