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A field evaluation of the formol-detergent method for concentrating faecal parasites

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A faecal parasite concentration method which utilizes a formalin-detergent solution has recently been described. This technique was evaluated under field conditions in the Out-Patient Department of a hospital in Northern Tanzania. Fifty faecal samples were examined by saline wet preparation and following formol-detergent concentration. Forty-one different parasite identifications were made by both techniques. Ten parasites were found only on saline wet preparation, and 20 were found only in the formol-detergent concentrate. The method necessitates a 24-h delay in sending a report, which is not justified by the small improvement in diagnostic yield. The authors believe that a modification of the technique may yet achieve acceptable results.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume94
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 1991

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