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October 25, 1952


JAMA. 1952;150(8):810-811. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680080072020

Amebiasis in Childhood.  —Drs. R. Ortega and H. Suarez, of the pediatric section of the Clinical Hospital of Concepcion, presented a study made among hospitalized children suffering from diarrheal syndrome. In 54 cases clinical amebiasis was suspected. Of these, 90% had a positive parasitological stool examination for Endamoeba histolytica and a positive rectoscopy. Nine per cent had a positive rectoscopy and a negative parasitological test. Of the 54 patients, 95% were less than 2½ years old and only 3 were between 3 and 8 years of age. This greater percentage of infants could be due to the fact that diarrhea affects the infant more deeply and seriously than it does the older child, thus forcing the hospitalization of the infant whereas the older child is generally ambulatory. It must be noted that 66% of the patients are less than 9 months of age. The dysenteric syndrome was present in the

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