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Clin Microbiol Rev. 2017 Nov 15;31(1). pii: e00025-17. doi: 10.1128/CMR.00025-17. Print 2018 Jan.

Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites from the Gastrointestinal Tract.

Author information

1
LSG & Associates, Santa Monica, California, USA lynnegarcia2@verizon.net.
2
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases, Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
3
Public Health Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
4
Public Health Laboratories-Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
5
Canterbury Health Laboratories, Christchurch, New Zealand.
6
Calgary Laboratory Services, Diagnostic and Scientific Centre, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
7
Enterprise Test Utilization and Pathology Consultative Services, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
8
Molecular Microbiology, Parasitology, and Mycology Laboratories, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
9
Bacteriology and Parasitology, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Peter Doherty Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
10
UCLA Health System, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Abstract

This Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology document on the laboratory diagnosis of parasites from the gastrointestinal tract provides practical information for the recovery and identification of relevant human parasites. The document is based on a comprehensive literature review and expert consensus on relevant diagnostic methods. However, it does not include didactic information on human parasite life cycles, organism morphology, clinical disease, pathogenesis, treatment, or epidemiology and prevention. As greater emphasis is placed on neglected tropical diseases, it becomes highly probable that patients with gastrointestinal parasitic infections will become more widely recognized in areas where parasites are endemic and not endemic. Generally, these methods are nonautomated and require extensive bench experience for accurate performance and interpretation.

KEYWORDS:

diagnosis; gastrointestinal; gastrointestinal infection; methods; parasites; parasitology

PMID:
29142079
PMCID:
PMC5740970
DOI:
10.1128/CMR.00025-17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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