Case #251 – May, 2009

A 45-year-old pig farmer from rural Georgia presented to his health care provider with abdominal pain, cramps and diarrhea. Stool specimens were collected in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and 10% formalin for ova and parasite (O&P) examination. The objects in Figures A and B, which measured on average 90 micrometers in length, were observed in low numbers in formalin-concentrated wet mounts of the stool. The objects in Figures C and D, which measured on average 12 micrometers in diameter, were seen in moderate numbers on trichrome-stained slides prepared from the PVA-preserved stool. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

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Images presented in the DPDx case studies are from specimens submitted for diagnosis or archiving. On rare occasions, clinical histories given may be partly fictitious.

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