Case #483 – January, 2019

As part of a health screening for refugees, a local private diagnostic laboratory was contracted to process fecal specimens. Smears were prepared from specimens collected and preserved in PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) and stained with iron hematoxylin. Stained smears were examined at 1000x oil immersion magnification and the objects of interest shown in Figures AC show what was observed on one smear. The objects measured 7-9 micrometers on average. What is your diagnosis?  Based on what criteria?

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Figure A

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Figure B

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Figure C

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