Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites

Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Dr. Pritt started her blog after she completed her fellowship at Mayo Clinic in clinical microbiology. She attended the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to study parasitology for one year. During that year in England, Dr. Pritt saw some amazing cases, which she shared with her colleagues back at Mayo through her blog. Through word of mouth, people from all walks of life around the globe have become interested in Dr. Pritt’s “case of the week,” and her readership continues to grow.

Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer’s. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as, and does not substitute for, medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. The following worm was found in a specimen obtained during a colonoscopy. It measured approximately 2 mm long. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 15, 2020

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. Happy New Years everyone! Can anyone tell who this little arthropod is?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 2, 2020

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. Happy Holidays to all readers! Can anyone tell what this little arthropod is?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 25, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is Dr. Charles (Chuck) Sturgis. He noted the following structures on a Papanicolaou-stained anal Pap smear (performed for cancer screening). They measure approximately 14 micrometers in length. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 18, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s cool case is from Dr. Marta Maia. The specimen is skin currettings, and the object was viewed using a dissecting microscope. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 11, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is the first case of the month, a regular feature by Idzi Potters and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. The following objects were seen in an unstained duodenal aspirate specimen. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • December 4, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case was generously donated by Dave Neitzel at the Minnesota Department of Health. A mutant headless tick! Wouldn’t it be great if they were all this way? What’s the genus of this tick?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 27, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case was captured by my awesome Parasitology Education Specialist, Felicity Norrie, MLS(ASCP). The following were identified from skin scrapings from a resident of a skilled nursing facility. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 20, 2019

Bobbi Pritt, M.D., was recently featured in Rochester Magazine on how her work impacts patients around the world.

By Suzanne R. Ferguson • November 14, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from Old One – illustrated by him and animated by his son. It features an arthropod that measures a few millimeters in length. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 13, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week’s case is from Idzi Potters and the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp. The following object was seen in a concentrated stool specimen from a 3-year-old toddler with diarrhea (40x objective). It measures 45 micrometers in greatest dimension. What’s the identification?

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • November 6, 2019

In honor of Halloween, Dr. Bobbi Pritt shared her “freaky favorite” parasites ranked from 1 (not too scary) to 5 (bad-news bugs).

By Mayo Clinic News Network • October 31, 2019

Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. Happy Halloween everyone! In honor of this week, Dr. Pritt has shared photos from her annual Halloween party, and a special ‘unknown’ from Old One. Feel free to guess what guests’ costumes were.

By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • October 30, 2019