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Chapter 1 : Philosophy and Approach to Diagnostic Parasitology

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The basic approach to diagnostic parasitology should be no different from that used in other areas of microbiology. Therapeutic intervention often depends on results obtained from diagnostic procedures; therefore, the clinician must be aware of the limitations of each test method and the results obtained. This information becomes particularly important when one is discussing the patient’s history and the recommended number and types of specimens to be submitted for examination. Often in other areas of microbiology, therapy is begun on the basis of patient history and symptoms. This approach is generally not recommended or used in cases of parasitic infection. Thus, understanding of the characteristics of any parasitic infection (general geographic range, life cycle, clinical disease, diagnostic methods, therapy, epidemiology and control) and the use of appropriate diagnostic procedures accompanied by a complete understanding of the limitations of each procedure become very important. The main emphasis should be on the importance of understanding and recognizing potential parasitic infections, submitting the appropriate number and type of clinical specimens, knowing what procedures may provide confirmation of the diagnosis, and recognizing the implications and limitations of information provided to the physician.

Citation: Garcia L. 2007. Philosophy and Approach to Diagnostic Parasitology, p 3-5. In Diagnostic Medical Parasitology, Fifth Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816018.ch1

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