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Case #336 - November, 2012

The DPDx Team received a worm-like object collected from a child’s diaper for diagnostic assistance. Grossly, the object was white, semi-flattened, and measured approximately 4.0 mm long by 2.0 mm wide. With no discernible external features, the object was teased open and its internal contents examined microscopically. Figures A and B show what was observed from the tease preparation of the object. Individual round objects measured on average 37.0 µm in diameter. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

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Figure A

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Figure B

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