Sunday, May 3, 2020

Answer to Case 589

Answer to Parasite Case of the Week 589: Iodamoeba buetschlii cysts and trophozoites.

Note that the trophozoites and cysts have a single nucleus with a large, often eccentric, karyosome. Cysts characteristically have a large glycogen-filled cytoplasmic vacuole that is highlighted when using iodine on a wet mount preparation. The glycogen vacuole does not stain with trichrome or iron hematoxylin, and instead appears as an empty space as in this case:

This organism gets its genus name from its iodine staining property (iod + amoeba), whereas the species name honors the German protistologist, Johann Adam Otto B├╝tschli. Note that the term "buetschlii" is used when citing a formal scientific name rather than "b├╝tschlii" as per nomenclature standards.

Blaine pointed out there there were also some Blastocystis along for the ride (or vice versa):
 Old One also noted that the large vacuole looks a bit like a mask, which is a good reminder to wear a mask when going out in public to protect others around you.

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