Sunday, March 16, 2014

Answer to Case 296

Answer:  Not a human parasite, most likely plant material.

This case was generously donated by Florida Fan, who knew it wasn't a parasite but was hoping that someone would be able to identify this striking flower-like object.

I think that Tomáš Macháček has the answer.  He states " looks like some plant trichome which somehow contaminated food.  Compare it for example with Russian Silverberry trichomes ("  Looks like a very close match.  Thank you Tomáš for solving our mystery!

For those of you wondering, trichomes are a diverse array of appendages or outgrowths found on some plants.  Since we consume a wide variety of plant materials, it is no surprise that they are found occasionally in stool.

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