Author(s): Nycole Abreu Gama, Yara Leite Adami, Jocemir Ronaldo Lugon
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Blastocystis spp. is the most common protozoan worldwide. Hemodialysis
(HD) patients are immunosuppressed and may be susceptible to infections
by opportunistic pathogens. This study aims to evaluate Blastocystis spp.
infection in HD patients. Fecal samples were collected from 97 patients
and 42 healthy individuals from the same social and economic
environment. The prevalence of Blastocystis spp. was 41.2% among
patients and 45.2% among controls (P=0.66). Monoparasitism was more
frequent than polyparasitism in both groups. Our findings suggest that
Blastocystis spp. is relevant in HD patients. Although frequently
neglected, investigation for enteroparasites may be helpful for clinical
management of HD patients.