Parasitology Stool Diagnostics

From Basics to Blastocystis

Presented by Christine Stubbe, ND, FABNO

Parasites are organisms that live and obtain food at the expense of the host. Certain risk factors can predispose to a parasitic infection resulting in multiple symptoms. Stool testing is a way to assess for intestinal parasites. Genova offers polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for certain common parasites, and continues to offer the traditional gold standard microscopic O&P, as well as enzyme immunoassay (EIA).

One of the most commonly encountered parasites at Genova is Blastocystis spp. and subtyping is offered for enhanced clinical utility. Pathogenicity varies among Blastocystis subtypes which may explain different clinical presentations and influence treatment decisions.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the most common parasites, risk factors, and clinical presentation
  • Discuss Genova's parasitology testing including PCR detection
  • Learn the significance of Blastocystis subtyping
  • Apply test results using patient case studies

Christine Stubbe, ND, FABNOChristine Stubbe, ND, FABNO

Christine Stubbe, ND, FABNO received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington. She completed a 3-year family practice/ oncology residency at Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic and Frontier Cancer Center in Billings, Montana.

Dr. Stubbe joined the Medical Education team at Genova Diagnostics to provide educational support to practitioners.