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Giardiasis is a parasitic infection of the upper small intestine. The infection can cause acute or chronic diarrhoea with abdominal discomfort, distension and flatulence. Other common symptoms of giardiasis include abdominal pain, flatulence, bloating, vomiting and weight loss. Symptoms vary from person to person, often depending on the inoculum size, duration of infection, and individual host and parasite factors.
Giardiasis is a common traveler's infection among tourists and business travelers to developing countries, namely the Soviet Union, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and western South America.
Giardia cysts are spread via the faecal-oral route. Cysts may be ingested with contaminated food or water, or acquired from unwashed hands. Infection can be spread from person to person indirectly by water, by faecal-oral contamination with cysts or occasionally by food. Giardia cysts are able to survive in fresh water, and it is the most common cause of epidemic waterborne diarrhoeal disease.
Testing for Giardia can be carried out on blood but, if positive, there is no way of knowing if it is a current or past infection. Antibodies can be present for up to two years after treatment. Giardia specific antigen may be detected in stool specimens even during an absence of cyst passage or visible signs of trophozoites.
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
We will send you your Giardia Serology blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Giardia Serology test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Giardia Serology test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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