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More laboratories should test for Dientamoeba fragilis infection

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 13 March 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:735
  1. J J Windsor, Senior biomedical scientist (,
  2. E H Johnson, Associate professor
  1. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, Sultan Qaboos University, PO Box 35, Muscat 123, Sultanate of Oman
  2. Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, College of Agriculture, Sultan Qaboos University, PO Box 34, Muscat 123

    EDITOR—Dientamoeba fragilis was first described by Jepps and Dobell in 19181 and has subsequently been shown to be an important enteric pathogen. It is therefore surprising that only a few laboratories look for this pathogen. D fragilis infections are effectively treated with di-iodohydroxyquinoline or tetracyline.2 In contrast, no treatment is available for Cryptosporidium …

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