Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology Laboratories: Laboratory Diagnosis of Parasites from the Gastrointestinal Tract

Clin Microbiol Rev. 2017 Nov 15;31(1):e00025-17. doi: 10.1128/CMR.00025-17. Print 2018 Jan.


This Practical Guidance for Clinical Microbiology document on the laboratory diagnosis of parasites from the gastrointestinal tract provides practical information for the recovery and identification of relevant human parasites. The document is based on a comprehensive literature review and expert consensus on relevant diagnostic methods. However, it does not include didactic information on human parasite life cycles, organism morphology, clinical disease, pathogenesis, treatment, or epidemiology and prevention. As greater emphasis is placed on neglected tropical diseases, it becomes highly probable that patients with gastrointestinal parasitic infections will become more widely recognized in areas where parasites are endemic and not endemic. Generally, these methods are nonautomated and require extensive bench experience for accurate performance and interpretation.

Keywords: diagnosis; gastrointestinal; gastrointestinal infection; methods; parasites; parasitology.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / parasitology*
  • Gastrointestinal Tract / parasitology*
  • Humans
  • Parasitic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Parasitic Diseases / parasitology*