Monday, January 26, 2015

Case of the Week 334

This week's case was generously donated by Dr. Robin Chamberland from Saint Louis University. The specimen is "eyelash scrapings" and the objects shown measure ~180 to 200 microns in length. No patient history is available.



Identification?


6 comments:

Anonymous said...

These specimens are compatible in morphology with Demodex folliculorum.
The legs are partially visible, but the abdominal section is less than diagnostic.

Florida Fan

Arthur Morris said...
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Arthur Morris said...

The most likely subject would be Demodex. It seems a poor specimen and damaged but the legs are visible. The abdomen, although damaged, bears lateral striations that are consistent with Demodex. Having said this, it looks an awful lot like it could be an artefact! I would stick with Demodex though.

Anonymous said...

Demodex...

Lee

Anonymous said...

Looks like Demodex. Can't tell for sure from the images whether it is folliculorum or brevis.

-BHS

GordonM said...

We got to see these under a microscope at the North Carolina Museum of Natural History. They were SO Cool!