cardinals15 wrote:Any doctors have any background on this particular ailment Giambi may or may not have? I mean, potentially life threatening has a wide range of meaning, the flu is "potentially life threatening," strep throat is "potentially life threatening." if you don't treat it or have a certain reaction, are old etc. Once they know if he has it or does not have it, what is the percentage recovery or prognosis? I'm thinking positive I guess, I think once they know what it is, they can treat it and he'll be fine.
Well, I usually specialize in plotting the demise of Reed Richards, I can dust off one of my old medical textbooks to answer your question.
It seems that they are concerned with testing for Amebiasis, which is caused by the protozoon Entamoeba Histolytica. It's the third leading cause of death from parasites after Malaria and schistosomiasis. I believe most references site 100,000 deaths per 50 million infections every year. Most of these cases occur in countries with poor sanitation but it could theoretically happen anywhere fecal-oral transmission is likely (deviant sexual practices). Here is a link
that has a nice description of the disease with some pictures.
Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.