Sunday, April 14, 2024

Answer to Case 745

 Answer to the Parasite Case of the Week 745: Mansonella streptocerca microfilariae

Florida Fan and Anonymous pointed out the small size and the source of skin as key features for  diagnosing Mansonella streptocerca infection. Idzi also noted on LinkedIn that "A nice little detail is the etiology of the name “streptocerca”! It is derived from “strepto” meaning “twisted chain” and “cerca” meaning “tail”. The row of single round nuclei in its tail do resemble a chain (or necklace) in my opinion. The prefix “strepto” is also used for streptococcus - which indeed also forms “chains”…" What a fun insight!

Here is an image from this case that nicely highlights these features:

Thank you all for sticking with us for this fun series of microfilariae. We have TWO left for you, so stay tuned!

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