Giardiasis: Clinical aspects

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The disease is asymptomatic in approximately 80% of cases. The clinical spectrum ranges from silent carrier status to a malabsorption syndrome. The incubation time is 1 to 2 weeks. If symptomatic, an undifferentiated acute to subacute diarrhoea which lasts on average 1 to 6 weeks occurs. In some cases the diarrhoea is steatorrhoeic with malabsorption. This may be accompanied by mild fever, abdominal pain, ructus ("purple burps"), meteorism and anorexia, malaise and vomiting. The diarrhoea may be chronic and recurrent, chiefly in patients with an IgA deficiency or those who suffer from immunodeficiency.

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