Translator Disclaimer
1 August 2013 Blastocystis spp.: Frequency and Subtype Distribution in Iron Deficiency Anemic Versus Non-Anemic Subjects from Egypt
Author Affiliations +
Abstract
Many helminthic and protozoal infections have been implicated in iron deficiency anemia (IDA) but few reports have suggested a link between Blastocystis sp. infection and IDA. Herein, we investigated the frequency and the association of the Blastocystis sp. genotype with IDA. Two-hundred and six stool samples were examined for Blastocystis sp. Samples were obtained from 96 cases with a confirmed diagnosis of IDA and 110 matched non-anemic controls. The prevalence of the parasite was significantly higher in the IDA group (54.2%) when compared to controls (17.3%) and was 34.5% in all study subjects. Thus, a relationship between Blastocystis sp. infection and IDA was confirmed. PCR amplification of isolates from cases with IDA and controls using subtype-specific sequenced-tagged site primers found that subtype 3 was the most common (83.3%), followed by subtype 1 (16.7%), and both had similar prevalence in both groups. Therefore, there was no correlation found between the Blastocystis sp. genotype and the occurrence of IDA.
Hala K. El Deeb and Seham Khodeer "Blastocystis spp.: Frequency and Subtype Distribution in Iron Deficiency Anemic Versus Non-Anemic Subjects from Egypt," Journal of Parasitology 99(4), (1 August 2013). https://doi.org/10.1645/12-80.1
Received: 7 September 2012; Accepted: 1 January 2013; Published: 1 August 2013
JOURNAL ARTICLE
4 PAGES


SHARE
ARTICLE IMPACT
RIGHTS & PERMISSIONS
Get copyright permission
Back to Top