Fulminant amebic colitis in a homosexual man.Am J Gastroenterol. 1986 Mar; 81(3):209-12.AJ
This report describes a case of fulminant amebic colitis leading to perforation and death in a 35-yr-old homosexual man. Although Entamoeba histolytica may be isolated from stool specimens in 20 to 30% of selected homosexual populations, reports of severe or invasive disease are rare. Some workers have suggested that amebae are only passive colonizers of the colon in homosexual men. In our patient, pathological examination confirmed the presence of extensive colitis with penetration of amebae through the bowel wall. Pertinent data concerning pathogenicity of E. histolytica in homosexuals are reviewed and the public health implications of a virulent strain of amebae are discussed.