Amoebiasis of other specified sites is caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica. It is usually acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water.
Diagnosis is usually made through the use of microscopic examination of stool samples and cultures. Other tests, such as serology and imaging studies, may be necessary to make the diagnosis.
Differential diagnosis includes other parasitic infections, bacterial infections, and inflammatory conditions.
Treatment depends on the severity of the infection and may include medications to kill the amoeba, antibiotics for any secondary bacterial infection, and supportive care.
The prognosis is generally good with appropriate treatment. The disease is usually self-limiting and resolves in most cases. However, if left untreated, it can cause serious complications, including liver abscesses.