Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 284--285

Laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea: A review of 26 cases


Sora Yasri1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China, China

Correspondence Address:
Sora Yasri
KMT Primary Care Center, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Yasri S, Wiwanitkit V. Laboratory findings from stool examination in blastocystosis diarrhea: A review of 26 cases.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:284-285


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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 2021 Jan 24 ];9:284-285
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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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