African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5233

Full Length Research Paper

Serum lipid profiles and eosinophilia among Giardia cyst passers

Saki J.1,2, Khademvatan S.1,3*, Maraghi S.1,2 and Soltani S.1
  1Department of Medical Parasitology, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran. 2Infectious and tropical Research Center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran. 3Cellular and molecular research center, Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences, Ahvaz, Iran.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 October 2011
  •  Published: 23 November 2011



Giardia trophozoites attach to upper portion of small intestine and may present with severe damage affecting nutrient absorption. One of the main complications of giardiasis is lipid malabsorption. Consequently, infected people may lack the important caloric source and lipid soluble vitamins. This study aimed to assay serum lipid profiles and eosinophilia in Giardia cyst passers and compare with non- infected individuals. Three hundred and fifteen peripheral blood samples of Giardia cyst passers were studied by cell blood cunt and colorimetric methods and compare with control. All infected stool samples were confirmed by at least one method of saline-Lugol, formaline- ether concentration and trichrome staining or Ziehl–Neelsen. The results of these findings showed that Eosinophilia was greater than 5 in 18% of infected people, but was not in control. With the exception of high density lipoprotein (HDL), cholesterol, triglyceride and low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels were statistically lower than those observed in the control groups (P < 0.05). This study revealed that there is a significant influence of Giardia lamblia on lipid levels and eosinophilia in infected individuals.


Key words: Giardia cyst passer, lipid profiles and eosinophilia.