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Case #427 - September, 2016

A 38-year-old female refugee from Congo had a routine blood workup and the findings revealed that she had low neutrophil count, low platelet count, and elevated eosinophil count. Subsequent ova and parasite (O & P) testing of a stool sample was performed and Figures AD show what was observed on a wet mount with iodine; Figures B and C are of the same field but different planes of focus. The object in Figure A measured 65 micrometers, objects in Figures B and C measured 125 and 60 micrometers respectively, and the object in in Figure D measured approximately 260 micrometers. What is your diagnosis? Based on what criteria?

Figure A

Figure A

Figure B

Figure B

Figure C

Figure C

Figure D

Figure D

This was a mixed infection with Schistosoma mansoni, Strongyloides stercoralis, and hookworm. Diagnostic morphologic features included:

  • thin-shelled eggs within the size range for hookworm.
  • large, elongate egg with a prominent lateral spine, consistent with S. mansoni.
  • larva with short buccal cavity and prominent genital primordium consistent with S. stercoralis.

More on: schistosomiasis: hookworm: strongyloidiasis

This case and images were kindly provided by the Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratory, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

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