Author(s): Kaur R, Rawat D, Kakkar M, Uppal B, Sharma VK
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Abstract The parasitic causes of diarrhea in children in Delhi were determined by the direct smear technique; stool specimens of 127 children were examined for intestinal parasites. In 59 cases (46.5\%) intestinal helminths and protozoa were demonstrated. Ascaris lumbricoides was observed in 1 (0.8\%) case, while Trichuris trichiura was the finding in 3 (2.4\%). Protozoal parasites included Giardia intestinalis and Entamoeba histolytica in 14 (11\%) cases each, Balantidium coli in 3 (2.4\%) cases and Cryptosporidium spp in 24 (18.9\%) patients. Mixed infection was not seen in any of the cases. Intestinal parasites may increase susceptibility to infection with other intestinal pathogens and therefore with the help of a simple technique, like direct fecal smear examination. rapid diagnosis can be made and specific therapy instituted.
This article was published in Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Toxicology