Parasites in nosocomial diarrhoea: are they underestimated?


Aygun G., YILMAZ M., YAŞAR H., ASLAN M., Polat E., Midilli K., ...More

JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION, vol.60, no.3, pp.283-285, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 60 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jhin.2004.12.001
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF HOSPITAL INFECTION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.283-285
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

Nosocomial. diarrhoea, defined as diarrhoea occurring more than 72 h after hospital admission, is reported to account for < 1 % of endemic nosocomial infections and 17 % of epidemic nosocomial. infections. The yield of diagnoses from stool cultures in nosocomial. diarrhoea is low, and information regarding the rote of parasites is limited. We conducted a study to determine the responsible bacterial. and parasitological pathogens from nosocomial. diarrhoea cases in our 2000-bed tertiary care facility over a 16-month period. Of 226 patients, Clostridium difficile toxins A or B were present in 5.5 %, giardia cysts and/or trophozoites in 4.4 %, Blastocytis hominis in 4.4 % and Cryptosporidium sp. in 0.5 % of samples. In conclusion, parasites should be sought in nosocomial. diarrhoea in endemic areas. (c) 2004 The Hospital. Infection Society.

Nosocomial. diarrhoea, defined as diarrhoea occurring more than 72 h after hospital admission, is reported to account for < 1 % of endemic nosocomial infections and 17 % of epidemic nosocomial. infections. The yield of diagnoses from stool cultures in nosocomial. diarrhoea is low, and information regarding the rote of parasites is limited. We conducted a study to determine the responsible bacterial. and parasitological pathogens from nosocomial. diarrhoea cases in our 2000-bed tertiary care facility over a 16-month period. Of 226 patients, Clostridium difficile toxins A or B were present in 5.5 %, giardia cysts and/or trophozoites in 4.4 %, Blastocytis hominis in 4.4 % and Cryptosporidium sp. in 0.5 % of samples. In conclusion, parasites should be sought in nosocomial. diarrhoea in endemic areas. (c) 2004 The Hospital. Infection Society. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.