Stool: Blastocystis species –  Shipped July 2, 2019

Educational Highlights

  • Studies show that Blastocystis should be considered as a species complex, comprising 13 subtypes, at least 9 of which found in humans; some of these sub-types produce virulence factors and are linked to disease.
  • Blastocystis species are commonly found in healthy individuals as well in patients with gastrointestinal symptoms. In general, prevalence of infection is higher in developing than in developed countries.

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