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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 5-12

Obstacles in the diagnosis of Strongyloides stercoralis

Department of Medical Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt

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Sara A Abdel-Rahman
MD, Department of Medical Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, Zagazig University
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1687-7942.139685

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Infection by strongyloides stercoralis is currently recognized as a worldwide health problem, particularly in developing countries. Many cases of S. stercoralis infection may be over-looked if only diagnostic conventional methods are used. Additionally, the failure to detect larvae in a single stool sample does not necessarily indicate the absence of infection due to irregular output of the larvae. Thus, repeated examinations of feces using more sensitive parasitological methods are highly required to confi rm diagnosis. Although, strongyloidiasis is mostly an asymptomatic infection but it is important to detect latent S. stercoralis infection to avoid the possible complications which may occur after administration of immunosuppressive drugs especially for patients in endemic areas who are at risk. Up to date a specifi c and sensitive diagnostic test is lacking.

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