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Case #349 - June, 2013

A 59-year-old foreign correspondent sought medical attention from his health care provider for intermittent hematuria which had started while on an assignment in Malawi. A urine specimen was collected, concentrated by centrifugation, and examined microscopically. The objects shown in Figures AC were observed in moderate numbers and measured 160 micrometers long on average. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

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The objects presented in this case were crystals, possibly of uric acid, and a diagnosis of No Parasites Found was given. Although the general shape and size of these crystals was similar to the eggs of Schistosoma haematobium, they lacked a terminal spine and miracidium.

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