Laboratory diagnostic techniques for Entamoeba species

American Society for Microbiology
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Clinical Microbiology Reviews, 2007, 20 (3), pp. 511 - 532
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The genus Entamoeba contains many species, six of which (Entamoeba histolytica, Entamoeba dispar, Entamoeba moshkovskii, Entamoeba polecki, Entamoeba coli and Entamoeba hartmanni) reside in the human intestinal lumen. Entmoeba histolytica is the onl species definitely associated with pathological sequelae in humnas; the others are considered non-pathogenic (31,57). Although recent studies highlight the recovery of E. dispar and E. moshkovskii from patients with gastrointestinal symptoms (52, 73, 130, 189, 201), there is sitll no definitive evidence of a causa link between the presence of these two species and the symptoms of the host.
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