Volume 57, Issue 6
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



The present study compared the Kato-Katz thick smear and formol ether sedimentation techniques in the diagnosis of infections. A stool specimen was collected from 915 individuals representing a high prevalence community (63.3%) and from 471 individuals representing a relatively low prevalence village (40%). The overall sensitivity of a single Kato-Katz smear was 70.8%, and it increased with each additional slide to reach 91.7% on examining four smears. However, the sensitivity was 83.3% when using the formol ether sedimentation technique. In terms of quantitative analysis, the geometric mean egg count was 94 eggs per gram (epg) of stool by two Kato-Katz smears, and 43 epg by the sedimentation technique. This means that more than 50% of eggs were missed when using the sedimentation technique, a fact that should be taken into consideration when relating infection level with morbidity.


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