crohn's, bacteria and parasites

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   Posted 1/18/2010 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
HI. I am new here. My 14 yr old daughter was diagnosed with crohn's 2 yrs ago. We recently switched doctors and he ordered a stool study (which was never done before) and found she has the blastocystis hominis parasite. Of course the symptoms are same as crohn's.
Does anyone have any experience with this combination? I am told bacteria should be tested as well and we should use a special lab for the follow up stool study (which we didn't for the 1st test).
My biggest problem is her new GI doctor seems to think this is no big deal but from what I read and hear it can be a huge deal.  The confusion continues.....

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   Posted 1/18/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I think the new doctor is right that it's not a big deal. There are a great many pathogens that pop up in human beings if you look closely, but many are not clinically significant. This abstract may be of interest to you:

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   Posted 1/18/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -7)   
stool sample is ordered during the times of trying to figure out what is going on. true also for crohns and it is good that your doctor thought it important enough to order the stool sample as well as be tested. i figured they just made a visual check and then flushed it. then you say the doctor did not find the result to be "any big deal". seems that aspect needs some further detail as to why. Certainly having the knowledge of this prsence is going to affect the treatment. Notwithstanding the possible "ride" that one lab is promoting their ability to find different 'thing' in stool, it also strikes me odd that your post alludes to some sort of continual controversy, so there I'm at a disadvantage. I find crohns to be a big deal and it certainly prompts asking the doctor why, having ordering the test, finds the result to suddenly be inconsequential. so my question is did you ask why it doesnt matter. and of course, follow up here with the actual medication for what this doctor now intends is to be prescribe, for this supposedly inconsequential result.

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   Posted 1/19/2010 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link....I found another more recent review on the same page...

I understand the many pathogens and the fact we all have them.
My question - what would make them clinically significant?? They are significant if they are contributing to inflammation and malabsorption and disrupting/complicating the overall environment of the already compromised bowel. I do not know the outcome for my daughter yet but my gut tells me they play a larger role than we think.
Doctor treated with Alinia (3 day). Increased probiotics. We will folllow up in a couple weeks.

Post Edited By Moderator (Nanners) : 1/19/2010 7:45:35 AM (GMT-7)

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