Monthy Case Studies - 2006
Images from a trichrome stained fecal smear were submitted to DPDx telediagnosis assistance from a public health laboratory.
A 45-year-old woman had a nodule approximately 1 cm in diameter located near a scar from a previous mastectomy. The patient had traveled to several western and central European countries within the past year.
A request for confirmation of an identification was submitted to DPDx Telediagnosis Assistance.
DPDx Telediagnosis Assistance received a request for confirmation of an identification by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory.
The DPDx Team received a telediagnosis request asking for confirmation of an identification made by the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
A 4-year-old boy's parents discovered a worm that they thought had been spit out by their child.
A hospital submitted blood films to CDC’s reference laboratory for identification of the microfilariae that were seen on the films.
A 35-year-old man was seen by a physician for diarrhea and abdominal pain.
A man went to a local hospital with abdominal pain and weight loss. He reported that he frequently travels to South America and had previously been diagnosed with ascariasis, although recent stool specimens were negative.
A worm measuring approximately 11 mm in length was sent to CDC for identification by a laboratory in the Southeastern United States.
A patient went to a local hospital with fevers and thrombocytopenia after recent travel to Haiti.
A family visited different U.S. states during a one week vacation. Approximately eight days after their trip, two family members began experiencing diarrhea.
A researcher was studying parasites of public health concern found in snails and slugs.
A patient was admitted to a hospital with a one-day history of fever and persistent headache on the right side.
A 27-year-old woman who had been working in Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam for one and a half years was visiting relatives in the U.S.
A group of refugees from Southeast Asia were being screened for parasites as part of a medical evaluation.
A 29-year-old man went to a local health clinic with complaints of intermittent diarrhea for a few months. He did not report any other symptoms but said he had difficulty sleeping sometimes.
A 43-year-old man went to his physician complaining of fatigue. The man reported that he hiked and camped a lot throughout the northeastern United States weeks before the symptoms started.
A CDC microbiologist was looking through slide boxes that had been archived to determine whether the slide quality was good enough to continue storing them. He came across a pathology slide of heart tissue that was dated "1929."
An elderly patient underwent a colonoscopy for polyps. A worm was seen near the appendiceal orifice and a biopsy was taken, fixed in formalin, and sent to histology.
A teenager underwent surgery for a traumatic injury to his abdominal cavity. Apart from the injury, the surgeon noticed some necrosis around the youth's appendix.
A 29-year-old missionary lived in Gabon and Cameroon for one year. Eight months into her stay, she went to a medical clinic with complaints of headache, fever, chills, and some diarrhea.
A 45-year-old female noticed a long, worm-like object in her stool.
Recently DPDx telediagnosis inquiries received a request for assistance from the Medical College of Wisconsin.