IMAGE CHALLENGE – 13: Identify the given Parasite

February 22, 20093comments

1. Identify the Parasite & stage(s)
2. its clinical significance.

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February 24, 2009 at 7:17 AM

They look like scolices of a tapeworm, Echinococcus. They are a part of the adult tapeworm and allow for attachment to tissues

February 27, 2009 at 11:04 AM

The given image seems to be the larval stage of Echinococcus granulosus.The larval tapeworm of E. granulosus causes unilocular hydatid disease in humans. Brood capsules sprout from the germinal layer and finally transformed into a vesicle containing scolices and free 'hydatid sands'. The liver is the most commonly involved organ.

March 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

The given unknown image was identified may be protoscolices- hydatid cysts of E. multilocularis ... clinical significance ; the liver is most frequently involved organ in humans . hepatomegaly , reduced liver function ,obstruction of bile duct and portal vein ,and ascites can be seen ...The cysts grow very slowly and metastases occur by direct extension or via the blood or lymphatic system...

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