Case #441 – April, 2017

A patient, who lives in a rural region in South America, presented with bloody diarrhea and remembers having eaten undercooked pork.  The attending physician submitted images to the DPDx Team of a roundworm he observed during a colonoscopy. Based on the inner structures observed which appeared to be stichocytes, Trichinella spp. was initially suspected as the causative agent. However, an ELISA test for trichinellosis was negative. Figures AC show what was observed from the colonoscopy. What is your diagnosis?  Based on what criteria?

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This case and images were kindly provided by The University of Buenos Aires, University Hospital, Parasitology Division, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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