Life cycle of Entamoeba gingivalis

Life cycle of Entamoeba gingivalis
Photographer: Centers for Disease Control/Division of Parasitic Diseases and MalariaRights holder: Centers for Disease Control/Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria

There is no known cyst stage for Entamoeba gingivalis; trophozoites live in the oral cavity of humans, residing in the gingival pockets near the base of the teeth (A). They feed on bacteria and other debris and are not considered pathogenic. Trophozoites are transmitted person-to-person orally by kissing or via fomites (such as eating utensils) (1). The trophozoite stage of Ent. gingivalis is morphologically similar to that of Ent. histolytica and the two should be differentiated, as both can be coughed up in sputum specimens (for the latter, when present in pulmonary abscesses). Entamoeba gingivalis has a worldwide distribution.

From Centers for Disease Control Parasites and Health website.