Sunday, February 17, 2008

Parasite Case of the Week 9

Welcome to the Parasite C.O.W.
Every Monday I will post a new case, as well as the answer to the previous case (you will find it below the corresponding case). Please feel free to leave a comment or your thoughts regarding the diagnosis. Enjoy!

These worms were expelled from a patient after treatment with Albendazole and Piperazine. The longest among them are 40 cm in length. Click on images to enlarge.

Most likely diagnosis?
How are these worm acquired?


Anonymous said...

Ascaris lumbricoides?

Ingestion of fecally contaminated _____?

Patty said...

Ugh. Looks like ascaris lumbricoides. Nothing gives me the gag reflex quite like ascaris worms.

They are aquired by ingestion of an infected egg, either from the soil or contaminated food or water.