Saturday, June 15, 2013

Case of the Week 262

The following were seen in fresh bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid.  The individual objects measured approximately 15 microns in diameter:

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Anonymous said...

These objects seem to be the ciliary linings cells of the respiratory system. The given dimensions and morphology are not compatible with ciliated human parasites.

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Anonymous said...

Yow! I spent an hour googling for a matching protist. It never occurred to me that it was supposed to be there.

Anonymous said...

I thought ciliated epithelial cells as well!


Anonymous said...

The common cytology classical name for the larger groups is creola body and they are said to be typical of asthma which I would take with a grain of salt.