Monday, March 7, 2011

Case of the Week 152

The following were found in a stool parasite exam from a 50 year old farmer with bloody diarrhea. Identification?

Unstained wet preparation, object measures approximately 100 micrometers in length


Unstained wet preparation, object measures approximately 100 micrometers in length


Trichrome stained preparation, object measures approximately 70 micrometers in diameter.

10 comments:

Neuro_Nuse said...

Balantidium coli

Does the farmer have contact with pigs?

Tom said...

Balantidium coli. It's like the oversized mascot of the protozoan world. It is so big and fuzzy, it just makes you want to give it a hug.

Anonymous said...

Balantidium coli. You can make out the Cilla. What a beautiful cycst

Anonymous said...

Balantidium coli trophozoite and cyst. Maybe they make a giant microbes plush version so you COULD hug it.

Anonymous said...

And the ciliate macronucleus is one of the most amazing things ever.

Anonymous said...

it really does make you want to give it a hug. :o) and yes, balantidium coli is what I say also.
-Jacque

Anonymous said...

Balantidium coli, with the famous "boring" motility.

Anonymous said...

There should be a poem for Balantdium. It has such a nice sound.

MicobeMan said...

I concur with everyone else, B. coli.

nathan kiraga said...

B. coli with its kidney shaped macronucleus