Dientamoebiasis: clinical importance and recent advances

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Trends in Parasitology, 2006, 22 (2), pp. 92 - 96
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Dientamoeba fragilis, an unusual single-celled parasite that was described first in 1918, is found worldwide in the gastrointestinal tract of humans. D. fragilis has emerged from obscurity recently because it is now recognised as a common cause of chronic diarrhoea abd is treatable with drugs. Recent molecular studies have described D. fragilis as having two genotypes. Diagnostic tests, based on conventional and real-time PCR, have been developed that will provide a rapid, sensitive and specific diagnosis of D. fragilis. These tests willalso aid the elucidation of the host distribution and the life cycle of this pathogen.
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