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- Introduction to the Intestinal Parasitic Protozoa
- Overview of Diagnostic Techniques
- Life Cycles, Epidemiology, Diseases, and Diagnosis of the Amoebae
- Pathogenic vs. Commensal Amoebae
- Entamoeba histolytica Life Cycle
- Entamoeba histolytica Epidemiology and Disease
- Differentiating E. histolytica Trophozoites from the Commensal Amoeba Trophs
- Differentiating E. histolytica Cysts from the Commensal Amoeba Cysts
- Other Diagnostic Techniques for Entamoeba histolytica
- Match the amoeba species with whether it is pathogenic or commensal.
- People become infected with Entamoeba histolytica by consuming food contaminated (usually of human fecal origin) with trophozoites of the organism.
- An MLS is puzzled when she finds cysts resembling either E. histolytica or E. hartmanni. A way of distinguishing Entamoeba histolytica cysts from cyst...
- Common methods of detecting pathogenic gastrointestinal infection with Entamoeba histolytica include all of the following EXCEPT:
- Life Cycles, Epidemiology, Diseases, and Diagnosis of the Flagellates
- Life Cycle, Epidemiology, Disease, and Diagnosis of the Ciliate, Balantidium coli
- Other intestinal Protists: Blastocystis and the Sporozoa (phylum Apicomplexa), and Microsporidia
Level of Instruction: Basic to Intermediate
Intended Audience: Medical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, pathology residents, MLS students, and other health care personnel who have an interest in this subject matter.
Author Information: Margaret Reinhart, MS, MT(ASCP) is a Senior lecturer in Biological Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia PA where she teaches hematology, clinical immunology, parasitology, and other related courses. She is also adjunct instructor in Hematology at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia PA. She was the MLS Program Director at the University of the Sciences for 30 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Biology and in Health Care Administration.
Diane M. Valentin, MS, MT(ASCP)MB is Ms. Valentin is a graduate of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. Ms. Valentin is a graduate of University of the Sciences in Philadelphia (MT ’99) who has been working as a medical laboratory professional since her graduation. She also has earned a master’s of science degree in Biomedical Informatics, focusing in Bioinformatics, from Rutgers University and a certificate in Molecular Laboratory Diagnostics from Michigan State University. She holds two certifications by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP): Medical Technologist and Technologist in Molecular Biology.
Rory Huschka, M. Ed., MT(ASCP), has over 20 years of combined experience as a medical technologist, technical supervisor, professor, and manager. He is the former Director of Clinical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Technician Programs at Brookline College. He is currently a Program Director at MediaLab, Inc. Rory holds a BS degree in Medical Technology from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership.