Clinical consequences of new diagnostic tools for intestinal parasites.

  title={Clinical consequences of new diagnostic tools for intestinal parasites.},
  author={Lisette van Lieshout and Meta Roestenberg},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  volume={21 6},
Following the success of nucleic acid-based detection in virology and bacteriology, multiplex real-time PCRs are increasingly used as first-line diagnostics in clinical parasitology, replacing microscopy. The detection and quantification of parasite-specific DNA in faeces is highly sensitive and specific and allows for cost-effective high-throughput screening. In this paper we discuss the clinical consequences of this radical change in diagnostic approach, as well as its potential drawbacks. In… CONTINUE READING
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