What is the role of lab tests in the diagnosis of amebiasis?

Updated: Jul 19, 2019
  • Author: Vinod K Dhawan, MD, FACP, FRCPC, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Laboratory diagnosis of amebiasis is made by demonstrating the organism or by employing immunologic techniques. [52, 53, 54, 55, 56]

Findings from basic blood tests may include the following:

  • Leukocytosis without eosinophilia (80% of patients)

  • Elevated alkaline phosphatase level (80%)

  • Elevated transaminase levels

  • Mildly elevated bilirubin level

  • Reduced albumin level

  • Mild anemia

  • Elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)

Other laboratory studies employed for diagnosis include microscopy, culture, serologic testing, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay.

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