Manual of Clinical Microbiology

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Reagents, Stains, and Media: Parasitology

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Last Updated:2022
Introduction

The evaluation of clinical specimens for ova and parasites in the clinical laboratory can involve the use of direct macroscopic examination of the specimen and microscopic examination of fresh and fixed specimens, as well as culture for some parasitic…

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Reagents

“Fixative” and “preservative” are terms that are often used interchangeably, although these substances serve different purposes. A fixative is a chemical used to penetrate parasitic trophozoites, cysts, and larval forms…

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Stains

Table 3 lists the stains that are most commonly used to detect and aid in the identification of parasitic organisms. Figures 1 through 7 illustrate staining properties of parasites using the various…

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Media

Cultures can be performed for only a few parasitic organisms, including Acanthamoeba species, Naegleria fowleri, Plasmodium species, intestinal amebae (like Entamoeba histolytica),…

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