Case #365 – February 2014

A 21-year-old immigrant from North Africa had a routine ova-and-parasite (O&P) stool exam performed as part of a refugee screening program. Figures AH show examples of what was observed on a wet mount made from the sediment of a formalin-ethyl acetate (FEA) concentration of the stool. Figures AD were captured at 200x magnification. Figures EH were captured at 1000x magnification with oil; the objects shown therein measured 12-18 micrometers on average.  What is your diagnosis?  Based on what criteria?

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This case, and the specimen from which images were taken, were kindly provided by the Cadham Provincial Laboratory, Winnipeg, Canada.

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