A Comparison of Three Different Methods for the Diagnosis of Blastocystis Hominis

Original article


Abdulhafeez Khan¹, Mohammed Alfellani¹, Rugaia, Algazawi¹ , Ali Daw ², Omran Abdulrahman ³

1-Department of Parasitology 2-Department of Pharmacology 3-Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya

JMJ Vol.8, No.1 (Spring) 2008:31-34


A total of 950 fresh faecal specimens from outpatients attending Central Lab in Sebha, Libya were examined for Blastocystis hominis using direct smear microscopy , concentration, and short – term in-vitro culture method (Boeck and Drobohlav medium). Culture method was found to be more sensitive ( 42.31% ) than the direct smear microscopy (26.21%), and faecal concentration ( 34.10% ). In-vitro cultivation can be used as routine diagnostic method for the detection of Blastocytosis hominis in stool specimens, especially when dealing with patients with gastrointestinal symptoms .

Keywords: Blastocystis hominis, Culture, Direct smear, Concentration

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