oa South African Medical Journal - Studies in amoebiasis : the effect of anti-bacterial drugs



Penicillin alone and sulphasuxidine alone are in a high proportion of cases capable of ' success' in the treatment of acute ulcerative amoebic dysentery. Simultaneous use of the two drugs results in a greater proportion of cures. The danger of masking the diagnosis of amoebiasis by the indiscriminate use of sulphonamides is stressed. It is suggested that the anti-bacterial drugs exhibit their anti-amoebic action by the destruction of organisms symbiotic to the amoeba.


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