Case of the Week 586

It's now time for our monthly case by Idzi Potters and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp.

The following structures were found in an unstained wet mount from a Belgian patient without any recent travel abroad. The patient reports intestinal discomfort for approximately 1 week. The structures measure approximately 20 micrometers in length. What's the identification?

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Answer to Case 586:

Mushroom spores. Not a parasite.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., is Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory in Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. Her research interests are in clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases, trainee education, and appropriate test utilization.