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Detection of Intestinal Parasites


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Additional Tests on Fecal Samples

Slide 13

March 2009

So to review, the combination of stained and unstained slides examined under the microscope comprise an ova and parasite fecal examination. In addition to this, there are a variety of other tests that can be performed on fecal samples for parasite identification.

For example, special stains exist for highlighting certain organisms, such as an Acid fast stain for Cyclospora and a Modified trichrome stain for Microsporidia spp

At Mayo, we also offer highly sensitive and specific Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for detection of Giardia intestinalis, Cryptosporidium spp, and Entamoeba histolytica

Finally, there are a variety of PCR and serologic tests which are available in some testing centers. Our catalog has more information about the tests we offer.

Additional Tests


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