Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Case of the Week 60

The following worm segment was submitted for examination. The objects within the worm measure approximately 60 microns in length. Identification? (CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE)


Heather said...

Based on uterine braching characteristics, I'm gonna go for Diphyllobothrium latum. The eggs are kinda shrunken/dehydrated-looking, but I'm guessing this is due to the staining procedure. (Maybe a pathologist got a hold of it!) :)

Anonymous said...

I agree with Heather. D. latum is most likely. The knobby bits at the end are very subtle. D.latum is cool b/c it is the very longest tapeworm human can host, right?