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Child's stool test shows occult blood, many cysts. What does it mean?

Dear Doctors i have this stool analysis for my dughter (1 years and 6 month years old) routine colour yellow Occult blood appearance soft Reducing Substances Mucus Negative Fat (sudan III ) Microscopy Parasites E.COLI Epithelial cells Negative Cyst MANY WBC Negative Trophozoite FEW RBC Negative Ova Negative please what this analysis mean and what i must do Best Regards
Asked On : Sat, 19 Jan 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear friend, welcome and thanks for entrusting your query here at HCM!

I am Dr. Prasad Akole (Critical Care Expert- and am glad to address to your query here.

The stool exam shows some cysts and trophozoites, most likely amoebic. They are parasites causing infection of the gut, dysentery etc.

Occult blood may appear due to bowel infection.

Please consult your paediatrician and and on evaluation the child may need drug treatment for the infection, usually an imidazole derivative.

E. coli is mostly a common gut bacterium and can be neglected. Occasionally it may cause infection.

I hope you are fully satisfied with the guidance I gave.

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Thank you and Good luck!

Answered: Thu, 24 Jan 2013
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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Anju Choudhary's  Response
hi there, you have not stated the report clearly and from it I understand that occult blodd and WBC are present and rest all are negative. Well occult blood signifies that there is some bleeding internally which is not large enough to be detected by naked eyes. It could be due to a bacterial infection or due to amoebiasis where the cysts may not be present in the stools. You need to show this report to a pediatrician and get a course of antibiotics prescrsibed to take care of any infection. Also as she is only 1and1/2 years old she must have just started on top feed and solids. You need to be hygenic in handling her food stuff and also as she may be teething she will have a tendency to put everything in her mouth so she is more prone to GI infection,.so take care.
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