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Parasitological examination

Intestinal parasites are indicated through special processes in microscopic examinations. It is also possible to identify parasites in stool tests which are submitted by post.

Due to the favourable conditions in Southern countries (lack of environmental health, insects as carriers, climate) parasitological infections can often be found here. They also are of a certain importance in the Middle- and Eastern Europe.

Intestinal parasites are sorted in protozoes and worms.

The protozoes comprise:

  • Amoeba (Rhizopodes) e.g. Entaboeba histolytica
  • Flagellates, e.g. Giardia lambia
  • Ciliates, e.g. Blantidium coli
  • Sporozoes, e.g. Cryptosporidium ssp

The worms comprise:

  • Trematodes
  • Cestodes
  • Nematodes

Indications for a parasitological examination of the stool are:

  • Acute gastrointestinal problems, particularly after travelling abroad
  • Chronic gastrointestinal troubles
  • Recurrent diarrhoea
  • Mal-assimilation symptoms
  • ”Growth disturbances” in children
  • Anaemia
  • Blood in stool
  • Chronic recurrent urticaria
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