Case #293 – February, 2011

A seven-year-old child was taken to the doctor for abdominal pain, gas, bloating and intermittent diarrhea. The symptoms started about two days after returning from summer camp. Stool specimens were collected in formalin and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and sent to a commercial lab for ova-and-parasite (O&P) examination. Figures AF show what was observed on a trichrome-stained smear made from the PVA-preserved stool. The images were captured at 1000x magnification. 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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