Case #340 - January, 2013
The DPDx Team received a pair of proglottids from a state health lab for cestode confirmation and identification. The specimens were submitted in 70% ethanol and measured on average 12.0 mm long by 3.0 mm wide. The proglottids were reportedly found in the feces of a 43-year-old woman with no documented international travel. Figures A and B show one of the proglottids. Figures C and D show the same proglottid after soaking in lactophenol for several hours. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?
This was a case of taeniasis caused by the beef tapeworm, Taenia saginata. Diagnostic morphologic features included:
- a single, prominent lateral genital pore (GP, Figure D).
- more than 13 primary uterine branches on either side of the central uterine stem (Figures C and D).
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