- Much debate still surrounds this organism and its role as a pathogen.
- Classified as a protozoan.
- Most B. hominis appear as an organism 5 - 20 microns in diameter with two nuclei appearing
most often at opposite poles of the cell.
- A central vacuole is present surrounded by a layer containing various organelles such as the
nuclei and mitochondria.
- One study suggests that because of the great diversity in cell morphology B. hominis is often missed in the
- Laboratory diagnosis is based on finding the cells in significant quantities with no other
parasite present (pathogen or non-pathogen).
- Metronidazole is drug of choice with dosage as follows. (54) 250 - 750 mg.
three times per day for 5 - 10 days, 200 mg. four times per day for up to 7 days or 2g/day for 5 days.
- There has been some suggestion however that metronidazole is ineffective against B. hominis
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David M. Raymondo
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Gamma-Dynacare is a Division of the Dynacare Health Group