Entamoeba coli Infection
Entamoeba coli (Nonpathogen)
This organism belongs to the amebae, is a nonpathogen, and causes no disease. Both the trophozoite (usual size, 15-50 µm) and cyst forms (usual size, 10-35 µm) can be found in clinical specimens.
Intestine, organisms passed in feces
Fecal-oral transmission via cyst form; contaminated food and water
Worldwide, primarily human-to-human transmission
Intestinal: Ova and Parasite examination (concentration, permanent stained smear); identification based on morphology
Trophozoite: Unevenly arranged nuclear chromatin, eccentric karyosome, messy cytoplasm (may contain lots of debris)
Cyst: May contain chromatoidal bars with sharp, jagged edges; mature cyst contains 8 nuclei (rarely more seen).
Entamoeba coli (indicate cysts and/or trophozoites)
Improved hygiene, adequate disposal of fecal waste, adequate washing of contaminated fruits and vegetables
E. coli can be differentiated from the Entamoeba histolytica/E. dispar group based on morphologic differences