CASE STUDIES

Short case studies from Mayo Clinic physicians, scientists, and allied health staff

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Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. This week's case was kindly donated by Monica Jarvis and Liliana Arias. The patient is a young child who lives on a family farm. The mother noticed "worms" in the child's stool and submitted them to the laboratory for identification. What's the identification?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • February 26, 2020
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. The following were seen in skin scrapings collected from a middle-aged man complaining of itching. The motile objects measure approximately 0.3 mm in length. What's the identification?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • February 19, 2020
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. The following objects were seen in an EDTA blood specimen obtained from a patient with recent travel to sub-Saharan Africa. What's the identification? What additional analysis might be indicated?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • February 12, 2020
This "Pathways" program provides Anatomic and Clinical Pathology cases that include a history, potential answers, rationale, and relevant references. Cases for February include the following sub-specialties: Anatomic Pathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Microbiology, Gastroenterology, Hematopathology, Infectious Disease, and Laboratory Genetics & Genomics
By MCL Education • February 11, 2020
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. The following were seen in a direct wet preparation of an unfixed stool specimen from a patient with bloody diarrhea and recent travel to sub-Saharan Africa. What's the identification?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • February 5, 2020
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. The structures in question were seen in H&E-stained sections of small bowel. What's the identification?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 29, 2020
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Bobbi Pritt, M.D., posts a new Parasite Wonders case. 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. What's the identification?
By Bobbi Pritt, M.D. • January 22, 2020
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