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Chapter 1 : Philosophy and Approach to Diagnostic Parasitology
This section on the philosophy and approach to diagnostic parasitology provides answers to the questions: Why and Who should perform diagnostic parasitology testing? Where diagnostic parasitology testing should be performed? What factors should precipitate testing? What factors should be considered when developing test menus? The section also includes a discussion on risk management issues associated with STAT testing. There are two circumstances in diagnostic medical parasitology that represent true STATs. One is a suspected case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri or granulomatous amebic encephalitis (GAE) caused by Acanthamoeba spp., Balamuthia mandrillaris, or Sappinia diploidea, and the other situation is any case where thick and thin blood films are requested for testing for blood parasites, possibly those that cause malaria.