Blastocystis & Dientamoeba: Gastrointestinal Pathogens or Commensal Symbionts?
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Many of our patients present with gastrointestinal signs and symptoms. When tested, some of these patients have Blastocystis, Dientamoeba, or both organisms, present in their gastrointestinal tract. When the two coincide – the presence of both GI symptoms and Blastocystis and/or Dientamoeba in the stools – does it necessarily follow that these organisms are the cause of that patient’s GI symptoms?
In this presentation, Dr Hawrelak will explore the Blastocystis and Dientamoeba literature; particularly in relation to their potential pathogenicity.
Do we need to eradicate these organisms when present?
Are they really pathogens?
Or are they commensals with functional roles in the microbiome?
Is the presence of Blastocystis a sign of a healthy or dysbiotic colonic ecosystem?
These questions, and many more, will be addressed in this webinar.
Dr Hawrelak is a probiotic researcher, educator, and clinician with over 20 years experience treating mainly gastrointestinal conditions and more than 18 years teaching students and practitioners how to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal conditions, as well as how to promote optimal gut health. Click here for a full bio.