Stool: Blastocystis species – Shipped July 05, 2021

Educational Highlights

  • 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.
  • The presence of Blastocystis species in stool samples from patients showing gastrointestinal symptoms does not necessarily imply that symptoms are due to this organism, and other infective and non-infective causes should be investigated.

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