Amoebic colitis presenting with hypo-albuminaemia in an eight-month-old breastfed girl

Paediatr Int Child Health. 2019 Feb;39(1):73-75. doi: 10.1080/20469047.2018.1467072. Epub 2018 May 8.


Entamoeba histolytica is a protozoan parasite that affects a large proportion of the world's population and causes amoebic dysentery and extra-intestinal disease. Many individuals remain asymptomatic during colonisation; in 10% of individuals, the parasite breaks through the mucosal barrier and leads to invasive disease. An eight-month-old girl who was evaluated for hypo-albuminaemia and was diagnosed with amoebic colitis is reported. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of hypo-albuminaemia owing to amoebic colitis in any age group.

Keywords: Amoebic colitis; hypo-albuminaemia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Breast Feeding
  • Dysentery, Amebic / complications
  • Dysentery, Amebic / diagnosis*
  • Dysentery, Amebic / pathology*
  • Entamoeba histolytica / isolation & purification*
  • Entamoebiasis / complications
  • Entamoebiasis / diagnosis*
  • Entamoebiasis / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypoalbuminemia / etiology*
  • Hypoalbuminemia / pathology*
  • Infant