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Objective: The objective of this study was to find out the frequency of intestinal amoebiasis and the
evaluation of clinical features and effectiveness of therapy in such patients.
Material and Methods: This study was conducted in Saidu Group of Teaching Hospitals Swat from April
to August 2001. An analysis of 100 patients with abdominal symptoms was done. Stool examination was
performed by a specially trained technician.
Results: The stools were reported positive for Entamoeba histolytica in 70 % of patients. These patients
usually presented with chronic, low-grade upper abdominal pain and vague general abdominal discomfort,
belching and flatulence. Bowel habits varied from continuous diarrhea to constipation alone. Frank
dysentery with blood and mucous was rare. Results of treatment were good.
Conclusion: The frequency of amoebiasis is high in Swat and stool examination may be diagnostic in
majority of cases.
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