Dientamoeba fragilis Opportunistic Parasite

 
We often identify “Opportunistic” Parasites. Such as one called Dientamoeba fragilis.
 
This is very much about the premise of Symptom-Free vs Optimal Gut Function.
 
There is some disagreement about whether Dientamoeba fragilis is a serious threat to human health. The scientific literature certainly supports Dientamoeba fragilis as a causative factor in digestive symptoms, as does our clinical experience.
 
But, it is still important to consider a balance of information here. 
 
Typical symptoms include bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, abdominal tenderness, pain, cramping, fatigue, nausea, weight loss or gain.
 
D. fragilis has been isolated from surgically removed appendices (after appendicitis), suggesting that the infection may be a cause of this problem too.
 
Opportunistic Parasite Dientamoeba fragilis
 
We had an interesting case where there were only a few classic symptoms presenting alongside this parasite. Taking a grounded and balanced approach to optimising the function of the gut ensured that they didn’t just chase this parasite and become too one-dimensional.
 
However – they still worked towards balancing any dysbiosis and microbiome imbalances on their way to great success with their health goals.
 
So there is no guarantee that this opportunistic parasite is pathogenic in this instance, but it is an important finding to consider as we build more pieces of the puzzle.
 
Especially when there has been a prior unresolved chronic fatigue challenge for many years.
 
Perhaps its pivotal!
 
Jack
 
 
– Email me: info (at) functionalhealthclinic.co.uk
 
– Interested in the Comprehensive Digestive Health Test

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