Artifacts and Confusers in Medical Parasitology

There are a number of structures that resemble parasites but are not in fact parasites. These structures, known as artifacts and confusers, are mostly found in stool and blood samples. These stool artifacts and confusers…

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Wuchereria bancrofti

Wuchereria bancrofti : Morphology, Symptoms and Treatment

Wuchereria bancrofti is also known as Bancroft’s filarial, and the diseases and conditions associated with it are known as Bancroft’s filariasis or elephantiasis. Wuchereria bancrofti is thought to have originated in the second millennium BC….

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Trichomonas vaginalis

Trichomonas vaginalis Laboratory Diagnosis and Treatment

Trichomonas vaginalis is a protozoan with flagella that can survive in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment. It is the most common pathogenic protozoan infection in humans in developed countries, and infection rates are the same in…

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Balantidium coli labweeks

Balantidium coli : Transmission, Treatment and Prevention

Balantidium coli is thought to be the only pathogenic ciliate present in humans, as well as the largest protozoan parasite found in humans. This organism belongs to the class of ciliated protozoa, which can be…

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Strongyloides stercoralis : Diagnostic, Prevention and Treatment

Strongyloides stercoralis : Diagnostic and Treatment

Strongyloides stercolaris, also known as threadworm, and the disease it causes, Strongyloidiasis, are primarily found in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Strongyloides stercolaris lavae was discovered by Louis Alexis Normand (1876) after observing the minute…

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stool specimen

Macroscopic examination of stool specimen

Once a stool specimen is received in the medical laboratory, the analytic phase of laboratory testing is initiated which is refers to as processing. The stool specimen is examined from two perspectives that is, Macroscopic…

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