Polymerase chain reaction testing for faecal parasites: risks and alternatives

Asha C Bowen, Harsha Sheorey, Penelope A Bryant, Jennifer Robson and David P Burgner
Med J Aust 2016; 204 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja15.01327
Published online: 18 April 2016

In this short report, written on behalf of the Australian Society of Infectious Diseases (ASID) and endorsed by its council, we highlight recent changes to stool pathogen testing (particularly for parasites) within Australasian laboratories and alert clinicians to our concerns regarding result interpretation.

  • Asha C Bowen1,2
  • Harsha Sheorey3
  • Penelope A Bryant4,5
  • Jennifer Robson6
  • David P Burgner4

  • 1 Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Perth, WA
  • 2 Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases, Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, WA
  • 3 St Vincent's Pathology, Melbourne, VIC
  • 4 Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, VIC
  • 5 Infectious Diseases Unit, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 6 Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology, Brisbane, QLD


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