E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
Distribution of Intestinal Parasites in Children Aged between 0 and 14 Presenting at the Laboratory of Parasitology of the Mustafa Kemal University Medical School
1 Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Hatay  
2 Mustafa Kemal Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Pediatri Anabilim Dalı, Antakya, Hatay  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2005; 29: 255-257

Key Words: Intestinal parasites, children, Hatay, Turkey
Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the parasite frequency in children from 0-14 years old who had presented at the parasitology laboratory of the Mustafa Kemal University Medicine School complaining of gastrointestinal and anal pruritus. During the laboratory investigation, 561 fecal specimens and 534 cellophane tapes obtained from the patients were examined. After the microscope examination of 561 feces samples, it was found that 104 of these samples (from 50 boys and 54 girls) contained one or more intestinal parasites. The number and distribution of these parasites in the specimens was as follows: 24 (4.27%) Giardia intestinalis, 9 (1.64%) Entamoeba histolytica, 3 (0.53%) Taenia saginata, 4 (0.71%) Dicrocoelium dendriticum, 51 (9.09%) Blastocystis hominis, 1 (0.17%) Enterobius vermicularis, 1 (0.17%) Entamoeba coli, 1 (0.17%) Entamoeba histolytica + Blastocystis hominis, 5 (0.89%) Giardia intestinalis + Blastocystis hominis, 1 (0.17%) Entamoeba coli + Blastocystis hominis, 1 (0.17%) Giardia intestinalis + Blastocystis hominis + Hymenolepis nana, 1 (0.17%) Blastocystis hominis + Enterobius vermicularis + Entamoeba coli. Out of the 534 cellophane tapes, 85 were found to be positive. 

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