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Table 1 Sensitivity of F1/R1 PCR, direct microscopy, and the culture method for the diagnosis of Blastocystis sp. infections in the stool samples of patients with GI symptoms and asymptomatic individuals

From: Subtyping of Blastocystis sp. isolated from symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Diagnostic technique Symptomatic (n = 85) Asymptomatic (n = 48) Total (n = 133) Sensitivity
Direct microscopy 65 18 83 62%
In vitro culture 79 43 122 92%
F1/R1 PCR 85 48 133 100%