Monthly Case Studies - 2018
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An ova-and-parasite screening was performed on a group of school-age children, which included both formalin and zinc polyvinyl alcohol (Zn-PVA) preserved stool specimens.
A 27 year-old female sought emergency medical attention due to a foreign object in her eye. Medical personnel removed the object, captured images and submitted to the DPDx Team for diagnostic assistance.
A 67-year-old female presented with a 2-3 day history of lower back pain. She also reported a burning sensation all over her body. Also included in the patient’s history is emphysema of the lungs, history of smoking, pancreatitis, and cholelithiasis.
A 27 year-old male presented to his health care provider, after a 10-day work related trip to Ethiopia, with lymphadenopathy of the head and neck, intermittent fevers, and malaise. Thick and thin blood smears were ordered, stained with Giemsa, and examined.
A 79 year-old man was diagnosed with encephalitis at a local hospital in Arizona. A Computed Tomography (CT) scan showed multiple brain lesions. A biopsy specimen from the occipital lobe was collected and sent to Pathology for routine histological workup.
A 22 year old man diagnosed with gastroenteritis underwent subsequent gastrointestinal endoscopic examination. The gastroenterologist observed a worm which he extracted from the duodenum and sent to the laboratory for identification.
An elderly female sought medical attention for fever, nausea, abdominal pain and generalized weakness. She had no travel outside of the eastern United States.
A 51 year-old immigrant man from Honduras was prescribed steroids at a health care facility for asthma exacerbation. After feeling better, he continued to self-medicate with injectable steroids every three months obtained via mail order from Honduras for approximately one year.
A 19-year-old female from Northern Manitoba, with no travel history outside of Canada and a significant history of hunting wild animals and exposure to wild canines, recently presented to a local hospital for right upper quadrant (RUQ) pain.
The object shown was found in a stool specimen collected in SAF (sodium acetate-acetic acid- formalin) from a 43-year-old woman born and raised in Manitoba, Canada with no recent travel reported.
A 74-year-old man, with a prior history of urothelial carcinoma, high grade pT1 (invasive, into lamina propria), was seen at a medical facility for follow-up care.
A 6-year-old girl, who originally lived in Japan but now resides in the United States, was seen by a health care provider for abdominal pain and diarrhea.
A 55 year old man from Tasmania, Australia presents with progressive general muscle weakness and myositis with 27 lb weight loss and loss of muscle mass for over two years.
A 45-year-old man from Paraguay went on a safari in eastern Zambia. He reported multiple insect bites at one location and noticed that some bites had developed into sores while still in country.
A 12 year-old boy, with symptoms of fever and chills after returning from a one month trip to an undisclosed West African country, was taken to a clinic for evaluation.
A 17 year-old male patient presented with cellulitis and a mass in the eye over a 3 month period. It was situated at the limbus near the lateral rectus muscle.
A visitor to Hawaii experienced onset of moderate irritation of one eye accompanied by redness and the sensation of a foreign body.
A 39 year-old man from Nigeria returned from visiting his country of birth with fever. A medical evaluation confirmed the fever and also detected low hemoglobin.
DPDx is an education resource designed for health professionals and laboratory scientists. For an overview including prevention and control visit www.cdc.gov/parasites/.
- Page last reviewed: October 31, 2018
- Page last updated: October 30, 2018
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