TABLE 1.

Selection of cultivation conditions and media for luminal parasitesa

OrganismXenic culture (media)Monoxenic culture (media)Axenic culture (media)
Entamoeba histolytica ✓ (LE, Robinson's, TYSGM-9)✓ (TYI-S-33, YI-S, LYI-S-2)✓ (TYI-S-33, YI-S, LYI-S-2)
Giardia intestinalis ××✓ (TYI-S-33, YI-S)
Trichomonas vaginalis ××✓ (TYI-S-33, YI-S)
Dientamoeba fragilis ✓ (LE, Robinson's)××
Blastocystis hominis ✓ (LE, Robinson's, TYSGM-9)×✓ (LE, IMDM)
Balantidium coli ✓ (LE, Robinson's)✓ (LE, Robinson's)×
  • a Symbols: ✓, cultivation method is recommended; ×, cultivation method is either not possible or not recommended.