FLOTAC: a promising technique for detecting helminth eggs in human faeces

Knopp, S. and Glinz, D. and Rinaldi, L. and Mohammed, K. A. and N'Goran E. K., and Stothard, J. R. and Marti, H. and Cringoli, G. and Rollinson, D. and Utzinger, J.. (2009) FLOTAC: a promising technique for detecting helminth eggs in human faeces. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 103, H. 12. pp. 1190-1194.

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There is a tendency to neglect diagnostic issues in the era of 'preventive chemotherapy' in human helminthiases. However, accurate diagnosis cannot be overemphasized for adequate patient management and monitoring of community-based control programmes. Implicit is a diagnostic dilemma: the more effective interventions are in reducing helminth egg excretion, the less sensitive direct parasitological tests become. Here, experiences gained thus far with the FLOTAC technique for diagnosing common soil-transmitted helminth infections are summarized. A single FLOTAC has higher sensitivity than multiple Kato-Katz thick smears in detecting low-intensity infections. Further validation of the FLOTAC technique in different epidemiological settings is warranted, including diagnosis of intestinal schistosomiasis and food-borne trematodiases
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Former Units within Swiss TPH > Health Impact Assessment (Utzinger)
UniBasel Contributors:Utzinger, Jürg and Marti, Hanspeter
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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