Sunday, January 6, 2013

Answer to Case 240

Identification:  Detached ciliary tufts from bronchial epithelial cells, also know by the fun-to-pronounce name "ciliophthoria". 

Everyone who wrote in correctly realized that these are NOT ciliated parasite in the respiratory tract - although they are a common parasite mimic.  On wet-preps of unfixed specimens, the cilia may still be beating and therefore they are definitely eye-catching!

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