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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 284-285
Laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea: A review of 26 cases


1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China, China

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea: A review of 26 cases. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:284-5

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Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea: A review of 26 cases. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Aug 18];9:284-5. Available from: http://www.atmph.org/text.asp?2016/9/4/284/184802
Dear Sir,

Blastocystosis is an important intestinal infection. This infection can be seen in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. The infection can be asymptomatic or symptomatic. Diarrhea is an important presentation of blastocystosis.[1],[2],[3] Here, the authors report the observation on laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea. A review of 26 cases of blastocystosis diarrhea diagnosed during 1-year period in our setting was done. Focusing on the feces, the Blastocystis hominis spp. in all cases can be identified as vacuolated form. There is no other concurrent parasitic infestation. The white blood cell count is usually seen at 50-100/high-pass filter (HPF). The occult blood positivity is seen in 13 cases (50%). Based on these observations, it can be said that the abnormality of stool is common in the cases with blastocystosis diarrhea and the finding of hematochezia should be a sign for further investigation of blastocystosis.

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Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.184802

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