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Case of the Week 608

This week's case is from Dr. Peter Gilligan. It's a histopathology image - which I know isn't always popular with the classical parasitologists! But I think you might be able to take a stab at the diagnosis regardless. The following eggs were seen in an ulcerated area of an intestinal biopsy. They measure approximately 30 micrometers in diameter. 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.

Answer to Case 608:

Taenia sp. egg.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc, is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and the Director of the Clinical Parasitology Laboratory at Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. She is also the Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology. Her research interests are in clinical parasitology, vector-borne diseases and the pathology of infectious diseases.