Balantidium coli Presence in Human Urine Sample: A Mere Coincidence or More

Balantidium coli (B. coli) is a low-virulence trophic ciliate that causes dysentery in humans. In nature, the organism is cosmopolitan and can be found wherever pigs are prevalent. In underdeveloped areas, where water sources are frequently contaminated with swine or human faeces, the disease is most common. In urban contexts where pigs do not play a role in infection, B. coli can become an opportunistic parasite in immunocompromised persons. The parasites’ distinctive appearance and quick swirling movement make them easy to spot.

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Jyoti Sangwan
Department of Microbiology, SHKM GMC, Nalhar, Nuh, India.

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