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Causative organism of giardiasis?

Giardia lambia.

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What is G.lambia? What does it look like?

Flagellated enteric protozoan.
Is pear-shaped, has a sucking disk, 4pairs of flagella.

2

Who is giardiasis common in?

Children
Poor sanitation and hygiene

3

Outline the lifestyle of G.lambia.

Cysts ingested (acid resistant) > excyst in duodenum > multiply in S.I. > become cysts in colon

4

Clinical features of giardiasis ?

Mild Diarrhoea. (Stool = profuse and watery, later greasy)
Flatulence.
Mild abdominal cramps.

5

How can giardiasis be particularly detrimental to children?

Can cause chronic Diarrhoea > interfere with growth and development

6

How to diagnose giardiasis?

Look for Trophozoites and crysts in stool.
Duodenal aspirate.

7

How to treat giardiasis?

Metronidazole.
*all cases

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How is G.lambia spread?

Faecal-oral route.

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Do all people show symptoms to an E.histolytica infection?

No.
Some are asymptomatic.