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On light infection, even Kato-Thick smear may not detect it, concentration of the fecal sample is done. One of these concentration techniques is Sedimentation. Straining and Sedimentation is applied on this technique, Centrifugation may also be applied.

The principle of this technique is that heavy substances(such as helminthic eggs, larvae, cyst, operculated and schistosoma eggs) tend to go down, and lighter substances (debris) will float up.
In this technique the sediments will be subjected to microscopic analysis

Stool Specimen Tongue Depressor Gauze pad Glass Slide and Cover Slip Centrifuge Machine Centrifuge tube

0.5% glycerinated water Glass cylinder Glass funnel Pasteur Pipet Microscope

Group 8

406th Medical General Laboratory

Prepare fecal suspension of 10 parts of water and 1 part stool specimen. Mix thoroughly Strain using 2 layers of gauze, collect it in 15 ml centrifuge tube Add NSS until tube is full (0.5% glycerinated water) Centrifuge for 2 min. @ 1500rpm Decant the supernatant Repeat the process, up to 3 times

Add 7ml of 10% Formalin Stand for 5 to 10 min Add 3ml of formalized specimen Mix thoroughly Centrifuge for 2 min @ 1500 rpm Ether, superficial debris and formalin are decant Pipette a drop of the sediment to the glass slide Add a drop of NSS Examine under microscope

Potassium Hydroxide Concentration Method for Cyclospora (Berlin et al., 1994)

10% KOH Stand for 5 min Saline Filter with 4 layers of gauze Centrifuge Decant Saline Centrifuge Decant Examine sediment

Ritchie Concentration Method - same as Formalin-Ether Concentration Technique only that it uses Ethyl Acetate instead of ether Sedimentation in water
Not effective as a concentration Technique

Acid-Ether Sedimentation

Dissolves mucus and other various substance Unsatisfactory for the diagnosis of protozoa Useful for detection of schistosome and other trematode eggs 15% HCl
Acid Strain Centrifuge Acid Ether Centrifuge Study Sediment

Adaptation of Ritchie's Method for Parasites Diagnosing with Minimization of Chemical Products
Rgis Silva Ancimo, Karina A. A. Tonani, Brisa Maria Fregonesi, Ana Paula Mariano, Marins D. B. Ferrassino, Tnia M. B. Trevilato, Roberta Braga Rodrigues, and Susana I. Segura-Muoz Central Laboratory of Clinical Pathology, University Hospital, University of So Paulo at Ribeiro Preto Medical School, 14040-902 Ribeiro Preto, SP, Brazil Laboratory of Ecotoxicology and Environmental Parasitology, University of So Paulo at Ribeiro Preto College of Nursing, Avenida Bandeirantes 3900, Campus Universitrio, 14040-902 Ribeiro Preto, SP, Brazil Microtechnics/Metal Sector, University of So Paulo at Ribeiro Preto Medical School Hospital das Clnicas, 14040-902 Ribeiro Preto, SP, Brazil Received 31 May 2012; Accepted 8 July 2012 Academic Editor: Oladele O. Kale Copyright 2012 Rgis Silva Ancimo et al. 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.

Latin America, Africa, and Asia present wide dissemination and high prevalence rates of waterborne parasitic diseases, which is a strong indicative of the fragility of public sanitation systems. In this context, parasitological analyses represent extremely relevant instruments. Several parasite diagnosis methods exist, among which Ritchies method (1948) stands out. This method uses formaldehyde and ether, two reagents of toxicological importance that can cause damages to environmental and occupational health. The present study aimed to compare Ritchies method modified by Rgis Ancimo, without use of solvents, with the traditional Ritchies method, routinely used for helminth and protozoa diagnosing in Brazil. Some changes were introduced in the modified method, such as controlled increase of water temperature used after stool dilution and substitution of formaldehyde and ether by a neutral detergent before material centrifugation for observation of parasites. In examined samples by both methods, multiple infections were commonly observed; the modified method presented a similar sensitivity to identify the parasites. The development of analytic diagnosis methods that minimize the use of chemical products like ether and formaldehyde represents an important tool to prevent occupational diseases among exposed professionals, as well as to preserve environmental quality through the use of clean techniques.

Update: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ipid/2012/409757 Accessed on January 16, 2013)


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