9888-21 Medical Parasitology: Nematodes of the Intestinal and Urogenital Tracts
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Description: This course will cover the natural history of intestinal and urogenital nematode parasites infecting humans, including typical disease symptoms in the infected host and the usual means of diagnosis.

There are no prerequisites; however, for a practical and comprehensive knowledge of the helminths that may be recognized in stool and urine samples, it is strongly recommended that the learner also complete the courses on cestodes and trematodes of the intestinal and urogenital tracts.

Start date: Upon registration

Completion: Up to 52 weeks

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the general body type and anatomy of nematodes.
  • State the scientific and common name (where applicable) of each nematode covered.
  • State the geographical distribution of each nematode.
  • State, for each nematode, how infection is acquired and what measures can be used to prevent infection.
  • Describe the life cycle of each nematode with particular reference to the stage at which humans become infected.
  • Describe the diagnostic stage(s) of each nematode and name the optimal clinical specimen for diagnosis.
  • Describe the common symptoms of infection in each case.
  • State the preferred treatment method, if any.
  • Discuss the importance of recognizing spurious infections and artifacts in clinical specimens.
  • Define terms related to nematodes given in the glossary.


Author: Rosemary Drisdelle, BA, ART, MLT

Version Date: February 2021

PEP hours: 7.5

CPS credits: 0

*Note: PEP hours and/or CPS credits will only be awarded upon successful completion of Final Exam.

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