Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection

Bobbi S. Pritt

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Abstract

Molecular testing is increasingly used to supplement or replace conventional microscopy-based methods of parasite identification. Potential benefits of molecular methods such as nucleic acid amplification tests include increased sensitivity, ability to differentiate morphologically similar organisms and lack of reliance on subjective microscopic features. However, several challenges exist for widespread implementation of molecular diagnostics, including the expense of reagents and equipment, need for sophisticated facilities and lack of commercial testing options. Most molecular parasitology tests are based on non-standardised laboratory-developed methods, although new commercial options including multiplex methods for gastrointestinal pathogens have recently become available. This review will focus on the use of molecular assays for common and important parasites including Plasmodium and Babesia species, trypanosomes, filaria, Leishmania species, free-living amoebae, Trichomonas vaginalis, Toxoplasma gondii and intestinal protozoa and helminths and how testing can be integrated into patient care algorithms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Pages111-160
Number of pages50
Volume42
ISBN (Print)9780128032978
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

Publication series

NameMethods in Microbiology
Volume42
ISSN (Print)05809517

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Parasitic Diseases
Molecular Pathology
Parasites
Nucleic Acid Amplification Techniques
Babesia
Parasitology
Trichomonas vaginalis
Amoeba
Plasmodium
Trypanosomiasis
Helminths
Leishmania
Toxoplasma
Microscopy
Patient Care
Equipment and Supplies

Keywords

  • Amoebiasis
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Giardia
  • Helminth
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Malaria
  • NAAT
  • Parasite
  • PCR
  • Protozoa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)

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Pritt, B. S. (2015). Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection. In Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015 (Vol. 42, pp. 111-160). (Methods in Microbiology; Vol. 42). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mim.2015.05.001

Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection. / Pritt, Bobbi S.

Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015. Vol. 42 Academic Press Inc., 2015. p. 111-160 (Methods in Microbiology; Vol. 42).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Pritt, BS 2015, Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection. in Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015. vol. 42, Methods in Microbiology, vol. 42, Academic Press Inc., pp. 111-160. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mim.2015.05.001
Pritt BS. Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection. In Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015. Vol. 42. Academic Press Inc. 2015. p. 111-160. (Methods in Microbiology). https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.mim.2015.05.001
Pritt, Bobbi S. / Molecular diagnostics in the diagnosis of parasitic infection. Current and Emerging Technologies for the Diagnosis of Microbial Infections, 2015. Vol. 42 Academic Press Inc., 2015. pp. 111-160 (Methods in Microbiology).
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