Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Giardia Gastroenteritis Evaluation

The evaluation of a Giardia infection begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with a Giardia infection may include:

Signs of dehydration include:

The diagnosis of Giardia infection must be confirmed through testing. A stool examination for ova and parasites can be helpful in detecting this infection.

A stool culture can detect:

Tests that may be used to evaluate a Giardia infection include:

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Last Updated: Dec 14, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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