Case #386 – December 2014
For the last Monthly Case Study for 2014, the DPDx Team thought we would fill your holiday stockings with a plethora of parasites! The following images were taken from a trichrome-stained stool specimen collected from a Haitian refugee. The original report documented several intestinal protozoa. How many can you identify?
The images in this case showed the following intestinal protozoa:
- cysts (Figure A) and trophozoites (Figures D and E) of Entamoeba coli (Ec). Notice the presence of six nuclei in the cyst in Figure A.
- cysts of Giardia duodenalis (Gd, Figures A, B, C, and E).
- binucleate trophozoites of Dientamoeba fragilis (Df, Figures B and D).
- cysts of Blastocystis hominis (Bh, Figure C).
As an added bonus, the E. coli trophozoite in Figure F has ingested a G. duodenalis cyst!
More on: Blastocystis hominis; Dientamoeba fragilis; Giardiasi; Intestinal amebae
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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