What is included in long-term monitoring for Dientamoeba fragilis infection?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Maria A Garcia Fernandez, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Consider re examination of stool specimens 3-4 weeks after therapy to determine if the parasite was eliminated. Examine fecal specimens from all family members (particularly siblings) of the index case for D. fragilis and other parasites. In addition, examine for E. vermicularis. The expense of ova and parasite (O&P) testing must be taken into account when considering follow-up and family member testing since a single O&P test costs approximately $80 in many US laboratories.


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