Monday, August 16, 2010

Case of the Week 127

The following structures were seen on Trichrome stained stool ova and parasite examine:
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Identification?
What is the significance of finding these structures in stool?

4 comments:

cmassey said...

These are Charcot-Leyden crystals. They're the breakdown prducts of eosinophils and are often present in people with allergic conditions or tissue-invading parasites.

Anonymous said...

Charcot-Leyden crystals as breakdown products of eosinophils by inference in stool would suggest a parasitic infection but I'll be curious as to sensitivity/specificity. We don't see them very often or ever in stool; sometimes in sputum.

Kathy said...

They are Charcot-Leyden crystals and I have seen them in stools but not very often.

Anonymous said...

Charcot-Leyden crystals. Lovely!
They suggest eosinophils and thus either an allergic reaction or parasitic infection. BW in VT