Investigation of Entamoeba histolytica in stool specimens by ELISA during a year
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1 Bismil Devlet Hastanesi Mikrobiyoloji Laboratuvarı, Diyarbakır, Turkey* Corresponding Author

Abstract

Objectives: The aim of this study was to investigate Entamoeba histolytica in the stool samples that have been sent to microbiology laboratory by ELISA method.
Materials and methods: This study was performed on 800 stool specimens belonging to different age groups and different patients sent to Microbiology Laboratory of a State Hospital between January 2009 and December 2009.
Results: In this study Entamoeba histolytica/dispar cysts and/or trophozoites were observed in 31 (3.9%) out of a total of 800 stool specimens which were examined by native-lugol. Entamoeba histolytica specific antigen was investigated by ELISA in all stool specimens. Entamoeba histolytica specific antigen was detected in 12 (1.5%) of these stool specimens. The diagnosis of amoebiasis for the patients whose ELISA tests were “positive” and appropriate therapy was begun.
Conclusion: Entamoeba histolytica in the stool samples should be investigated and unnecessary treatments should not given to patients.

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Article Type: Research Article

J Clin Exp Invest, Volume 2, Issue 1, March 2011, 50-54

https://doi.org/10.5799/ahinjs.01.2011.01.0209

Publication date: 11 Mar 2011

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