Monthy Case Studies - 2012
A 42-year-old pig farmer presented to his local medical facility with intermittent diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
A five-year-old boy developed loose, watery stools approximately one week after attending a birthday party for a friend.
The DPDx Team received a worm-like object collected from a child’s diaper for diagnostic assistance.
A state health laboratory received Wright-stained blood films for malaria confirmation and identification. The patient had most-recently traveled to Pakistan (but had been in the U.S. for the past nine months without additional international travel).
During the laboratory component of the DPDx Diagnostic Parasitology Workshop on Intestinal Parasites, a participant made an observation on a trichrome-stained fecal smear and wanted to share with the class.
A 68-year-old woman underwent a routine screening mammogram, which revealed calcifications in the right breast.
A 55-year-old man presented with complaints of abdominal pain, constipation, intermittent diarrhea with blood and mucus, and blurry vision accompanied by headaches.
A 35-year-old woman, who had emigrated from Azerbaijan five years previous, presented to her health care provider with abdominal pain.
A 36-year-old man sought medical attention for sharp recurring episodes of fevers, night sweats, loss of appetite and weight-loss.
A seven-year-old boy had an ova-and-parasite (O&P) stool examination performed as part of a required refugee screening.
A 25-year-old woman traveled to Kenya and Uganda for three months of field work in public health entomology.
A three-year-old boy with no known international travel history was taken to his pediatrician with diarrhea and abdominal cramping.
A 65-year-old female, who lives in northern California, had a colonoscopy performed as part of a routine screening.
A 26-year-old man was seen by his health care provider for the sensation of something moving in his mouth. He reported a history of such sensations since he was age 12.
A 58-year-old female who had emigrated from Africa was seen by her health care provider for complications with squamous cell carcinoma of the cervix.
A 50-year-old man from Cambodia was admitted to the hospital for recurrent fevers.
A 28-year-old man presented to his health care provider with intermittent diarrhea, mild abdominal cramping, and low-grade fever. Travel history included camping in the northwestern United States.
A 55-year-old man from the Middle East presenting with chronic abdominal pain was seen by his health care provider.
Stool specimens were collected from Haitian refugees as part of a screening program for intestinal parasites.
A 65-year-old patient was admitted to the hospital with fever, nausea, and vomiting after recently being treated as an outpatient for a urinary tract infection.
A patient with travel to Mexico presented to his local public health facility with general abdominal discomfort.
A 55-year-old woman sought medical attention for a nodule on the right side of her head.
A 75-year-old man developed a lesion on his right forearm. The lesion developed approximately one month after returning from a trip to Costa Rica.
A 31-year-old man, originally from Ecuador, vomited what appeared to be a long worm-like object.