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2020 Mar

Acta Parasitol



Prevalence and Molecular Subtyping of Blastocystis from Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Chronic Urticaria in Iran.


Shirvani G, Fasihi-Harandi M, Raiesi O, Bazargan N, Zahedi M J, Sharifi I, Kalantari-Khandani B, Nooshadokht M, Shabandoust H, Mohammadi M A, Ebrahimipour M, Babaei Z
Acta Parasitol. 2020 Mar; 65(1):90-96.
PMID: 31602552.


Blastocystis is a parasite that colonizes in the human intestine. Its clinical features include diarrhea, abdominal pain, or urticarial and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Spite of being significant genetic diversity and numerous subtypes within the genus there were no associations between its subtypes and symptomatology.