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Entamoeba coli cyst
Entamoeba coli is a non-pathogenic species of Entamoeba that frequently exists as a commensal parasite in the human gastrointestinal tract. Clinically, E. coli (not to be confused with the bacterium Escherichia coli) is important in medicine because it can be confused during microscopic examination of stained stool specimens with the pathogenic Entamoeba histolytica. While this differentiation is typically done by visual examination of the parasitic cysts via light microscopy, new methods using molecular biology techniques have been developed.
The presence of E.coli is not cause in and of itself to seek treatment as it is considered harmless. However it should be noted that when a person becomes infected with this benign entamoeba, other pathogenic organisms may have been consumed at the same time.
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