Parasitology

Intestinal parasites are a common problem around the world. The principal intestinal protozoan parasites in the U.S. are Giardia and Cryptosporidium. In developing countries, these parasites and others, including Entamoeba histolytica, are major healthcare problems.

Parasitic infections can cause debilitating or deadly intestinal infections. For effective treatment, it is important that patients receive an accurate diagnosis of their particular infection.

Using sensitive and specific diagnostic tests also helps to prevent overuse of antibiotics, which is one of the factors responsible for the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

Further Reading

Enteric Protozoan Parasites: A Reference, TECHLAB

Comparison of Two Immunoassays for Detection of Entamoeba histolytica by Sarah Buss, Mamun Kabir, William A. Petri Jr., and Rashidul Haque, Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Comparison of a Stool Antigen Detection Kit and PCR for Diagnosis of Entamoeba histolytica and Entamoeba dispar Infections in Asymptomatic Cyst Passers in Iran by Shahram Solaymani-Mohammadi, Mostafa Rezaian, Zahra Babaei, Azam Rajabpour, Ahmad R. Meamar, Ahmad A. Pourbabai, and William A. Petri Jr., Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Laboratory Diagnosis of Amebiasis by Mehmet Tanyuksel and William A. Petri Jr., Journal of Clinical Microbiology

Evaluation of Rapid Antigen Point-of-Care Tests for Detection of Giardia and Cryptosporidium Species in Human Fecal Specimens by Juliana Minak, Mamun Kabir, Iqbal Mahmud, Yue Liu, Lei Liu, Rashidul Haque, and William A. Petri Jr., Journal of Clinical Microbiology