Monday, July 31, 2017

Parasite Case of the Week 454

This week's case was generously donated by Florida Fan. The patient is an otherwise well woman in her 30's who passed the following object in her stool:


The following object was also observed in her stool. It measured approximately 50 micrometers in length. Identification?

10 comments:

Sheldon Campbell said...

Diphyllobothrium latum

Anonymous said...

Diphyllobothrium sp. Specific identification would require molecular techniques.
What a nice pictures! by the way

Wolfman said...

Resembles the Ramen that I used to eat in college, but pretty sure it's D. latum. Curious about other species that are infectious per Anonymous' comment.

Anonymous said...

Diphyllobothrium latum.
Was this little critter ever marketed as a "diet pill" as other tapeworms were?
BW in VT

JL said...

Agree - D latum!

Sugar Magnolia said...

I concur - D. latum. Very cool pics, Florida Fan. Any measurement taken of worm itself? Just curious...

Anonymous said...

Sweet Magnolia:
The specimen came as a knotted mess of several segments, possibly totaling about thirty centimeters. Would be nice if it came out intact, that would achieve an impressive few meters.

Florida Fan

Sugar Magnolia said...

Florida Fan - Creepy, Dreadful, and Wonderful indeed!

William Sears said...

diphyllobothrium

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