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Diagnostic Tests for Entamoeba histolytica

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These home medical tests may be relevant to Entamoeba histolytica:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Entamoeba histolytica:

Human cases are diagnosed by finding cysts shed with the stool; various flotation or sedimentation procedures have been developed to recover the cysts from fecal matter; stains (including fluorescent antibody) help to visualize the isolated cysts for microscopic examination. Since cysts are not shed constantly, a minimum of 3 stools should be examined. In heavy infections, the motile form (the trophozoite) can be seen in fresh feces. Serological tests exist for long-term infections. It is important to distinguish the E. histolytica cyst from the cysts of nonpathogenic intestinal protozoa by its appearance. (Source: FDA Bad Bug Book)

 

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