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The usefulness of short-term in vitro cultivation for the detection and molecular study of Blastocystis hominis in stool specimens

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When in vitro cultivation was used as the ‘gold standard’ for the detection of Blastocystis hominis in stool specimens, simple smear and trichrome staining showed sensitivities of 16.7% and 40.2% and specificities of 94% and 80.4%, respectively. In vitro cultivation also enhanced PCR amplification for the detection of B. hominis in stool specimens. Our data show the usefulness of in vitro cultivation for the detection and molecular study of B. hominis in stool specimens.

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This work was financially supported by the Thailand Tropical Diseases Research Programme (T2) (ID 00-1-HEL-24-011). The experiments comply with the current laws of Thailand.

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Termmathurapoj, S., Leelayoova, S., Aimpun, P. et al. The usefulness of short-term in vitro cultivation for the detection and molecular study of Blastocystis hominis in stool specimens. Parasitol Res 93, 445–447 (2004).

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