The need for three stool specimens in routine laboratory examinations for intestinal parasites

H. Nazer*, W. Greer, K. Donnelly, A. E. Mohammed, H. Yaish, A. Kagalwalla, R. Pavillard

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Abstract

This study was designed to test whether three sequential stool specimens are necessary for reliable detection of intestinal parasites in routine laboratory examinations. There were 175 patients in whom a single species of intestinal parasite or ova was identified on at least one occasion when three stool specimens were examined over a period of 14 days from the first recorded specimen. Examination of a first stool specimen detected parasites and/or ova in 102/175 patients (58.3%); examination of a second specimen identified an additional 36 positive patients (20.6%) and examination of a third specimen yielded a final 37 previously undetected patients (21.1%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-78
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Clinical Practice
Volume47
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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  • Medicine(all)

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