AimIn this study, it was aimed to investigate the relationship between Blastocystis hominis infection and inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS).
Methods: In this study, the frequency of B. hominis in the stool samples of 52 patients applied to Microbiology laboratory and pre-diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome in January 2013-June 2013 was investigated, retrospectively. Microscopic investigations were evaluated after macroscopic examination. For this purpose, the stool samples of the diarrheal cases were investigated by trichrome staining after they were prepared by native-lugol and formol ethyl acetate concentration method. The results were compared with the examination of 2160 stool samples sent to our laboratory during the same period.
Results: Stool samples of 52 patients pre-diagnosed with IBS were accepted to our laboratory in January 2013-June 2013. 13 of the patients were found as B. hominis positive. Weight loss and anorexia was identified only in one patient while abdominal pain, diarrhea and gas complaints were identified in all of the IBH and B. hominis positive patients. During the same period, parasites were detected in 96 (4.4%) of 2160 stool samples sent to our laboratory and the most common was B. hominis 48 (2.2%). 452 of these patients applied with diarrhea symptoms and B. hominis was detected in 36 samples (7.96%).
Conclusion: The limited studies investigating the presence of B. hominis in patients with irritable bowel syndrome are far from illuminating the role of this agent in disease pathogenesis. We believe that further investigations should be performed. In this study, 25% of the patients were found as positive.
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