E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
The Prevalence of Microsporidium among Adult Patients Admitted to the Parasitology Laboratory at the Inonu University Turgut Ozal Medical Center
1 İnönü Üniversitesi Turgut Özal Tıp Merkezi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Malatya, Türkiye  
2 Ordu Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Ordu, Türkiye  
3 İnönü Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Malatya  
4 Türk Standartları Enstitüsü, Strateji Geliştirme Bölümü, Ankara  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2008; 32: 113-115

Key Words: Microsporidium, digestive system complaints, Malatya

Microsporidium can cause acute and self-restricted diarrhea cases among immunocompetent patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of intestinal parasites and Microsporidium in patients presenting at the internal diseases polyclinic with some digestive system complaints but no immune suppressive problems, and to detect whether it has anything to do with the complaints. A total of 781 fecal samples were investigated for intestinal parasites and Microsporidium. Intestinal parasites were found in 16.11% and Microsporidium in 6.5%. A significant correlation was observed between the presence of intestinal parasites other than Microsporidium and dyspepsia, while in the case of Microsporidium, a significant frequency of dyspepsia and fatigue was observed. It was found that the presence of Microsporidium does not differ by age and gender. From the findings, it was concluded that patients with digestive system complaints should be examined for Microsporidium in addition to intestinal parasites, and the symptoms of dyspepsia and a lack of appetite should especially be given more careful attention.

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