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Journal of Parasitology Research
Volume 2010, Article ID 434801, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/434801
Research Article

Fecal Occult Blood Test and Gastrointestinal Parasitic Infection

Department of Medical Laboratory Technology, Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences, King AbdulAziz University-Jeddah, P.O. Box 80324, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia

Received 27 May 2010; Accepted 23 June 2010

Academic Editor: Wej Choochote

Copyright © 2010 Majed H. Wakid. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Stool specimens of 1238 workers in western region of Saudi Arabia were examined for infection with intestinal parasites and for fecal occult blood (FOB) to investigate the possibility that enteroparasites correlate to occult intestinal bleeding. Direct smears and formal ether techniques were used for detection of diagnostic stages of intestinal parasites. A commercially available guaiac test was used to detect fecal occult blood. 47.01% of the workers were infected with intestinal parasites including eight helminthes species and eight protozoan species. The results provided no significant evidence ( ) that intestinal parasitic infection is in association with positive guaiac FOB test.