DO YOU HAVE PARASITES?
The symptoms of a parasitic infection can be difficult to distinguish from other ailments especially those from the gastrointestinal tract as they may be similar to many other different underlying causes. When investigating a suspected parasitic infection it is both important that thorough information is provided by the affected person accounting for all possible exposure occasions as well as a thorough account of the symptoms but also that the choice of analytic method maintains a high quality to ensure a reliable test result.
Analytical methods for the identification of parasitic infections can vary from generalized methods such as microscopic examination where biological material is analysed directly in a microscope (eg: blood samples, stool samples and skin samples) but also more specific analytical methods that use identification of a species specific parasitic protein such as genetic material (DNA). In these species-specific parasitic analyses the prerequisite for a reliable test result is that the analysis has a high so-called sensitivity (reacts to extremely small amounts of parasitic DNA) and a high specificity – i.e. that the test method does not cross-react with other parasitic infections to give a so-called false positive test result.
We work with the highest quality methods in our parasitic analyses using the Real time PCR as well as microscopy and antibody tests to ensure the outmost reliable test results.