Case of the Week 577
This week's very cool case was donated by Dr. Mike Feely. We haven't had anything like this one before on the blog!
The specimen below was submitted by a young woman who found this "worm" by her arm, right below her mouth, upon waking from a nap. She reported having abdominal pain with associated diarrhea for several weeks prior to presentation, but was otherwise healthy. What's the identification?
Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Parasite Wonders, and submit your answers, comments, and questions. Also, visit her website ParasiteWonders.com, which hosts an archive of classic images from cases Dr. Pritt posted going back to 2007 (in an easy-to-search "A through Z" format) and also offers a flashcard feature.
Planarian worm, Bipalium species, commonly known as the "hammerhead worm."