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Detection of Intestinal Parasites


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Direct Smear of Fresh Feces

Slide 5

March 2009

Shown here is the preparation of a direct smear, in which a small amount of feces on an applicator stick is placed on a glass slide with a drop of eosin dye mixed with saline.

After a coverslip is applied, a thin layer of fecal material can be viewed under the microscope. Particular attention is paid to the identification of moving objects, since they typically represent fecal parasites.

Direct Smear of Fresh Feces


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