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Dientamoeba fragilis is a human intestinal protozoon. Its worldwide prevalence ranges mostly between 1.4% and 19%. Very little is known to date about its virulence, pathogenicity, and mode of transmission; and no cyst stage has been identified yet. A wide spectrum of gastrointestinal symptoms has been described in a great number of infected patients: diarrhoea, flatulence, colic, and weight loss, amongst others. The simultaneous association between infections with D. fragilis and those causeddoi:10.4067/s0717-77122005000100003 fatcat:jsj4opb2i5bd3mz2p7w3zj4phu