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Clin Microbiol Infect. 2014 Nov;20(11):O969-71. doi: 10.1111/1469-0691.12623. Epub 2014 Apr 5.

Impact of transition from microscopy to molecular screening for detection of intestinal protozoa in Dutch patients.

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Central Bacteriology and Serology Laboratory, Tergooi, Hilversum, the Netherlands.

Abstract

Detection of intestinal protozoa by PCR methods has been described as being sensitive and specific, and as improving the diagnostic yield. Here we present the outcome of the transition from microscopy to molecular screening for detection of a select group of intestinal protozoa in faeces in our laboratory. Introduction of molecular screening for intestinal protozoa resulted in higher sensitivity, reduced hands-on-time, reduced time-to-results, leading to improved diagnostic efficiency.

KEYWORDS:

Diagnostic efficiency; PCR; microscopy; molecular detection; protozoa; triple faeces test

PMID:
24621229
DOI:
10.1111/1469-0691.12623
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