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Parasitology Research

, Volume 81, Issue 2, pp 148–151 | Cite as

Entamoeba histolytica autochthonous isolates from mentally retarded Italian patients

  • S. Gatti
  • C. Cevini
  • L. Marchi
  • S. Novati
  • M. Scaglia
Original Paper

Abstract

A total of 77 mentally retarde male inpatients residing in a psychiatric institution in northern Italy were screened for the presence of stool parasites,Entamoeba histolytica particularly. Parasitological stool examination showedEntamoeba spp. (E. histolytica and/orE. dispar) in 26 cases (33.7%). In vitro culture on Robinson's medium was positive in 16 cases (61.1%); in 11 cases we could stabilize and clone the isolates and proceed to electrophoretic assays. In all cases, patterns of pathogenic zymodemes were found (zymodeme II, 3 isolates; zymodeme XII, 4 isolates; zymodeme XIV, 4 isolates). All isolates were therefore identified asE. histolytica.

Keywords

Italian Patient Psychiatric Institution Entamoeba Histolytica Stool Examination Male Inpatient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Gatti
    • 1
  • C. Cevini
    • 1
  • L. Marchi
    • 2
  • S. Novati
    • 1
  • M. Scaglia
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Institute of Infectious DiseasesUniversity-IRCCSPaviaItaly
  2. 2.Division of Infectious DiseasesCremona HospitalCremonaItaly

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