Image Challenge 23 - Identify the object

May 31, 201012comments

A scientist from West Africa moved into the United States after living in Liberia and Sierra Leone. He was admitted to a medical facility, complaining of shortness of breath and suspected of pulmonary tuberculosis. An x-ray was ordered, an acid-fast bacillus (AFB) smear was made, and blood was collected to determine platelet counts and hemoglobin levels. A Wright-Giemsa stained blood smear was made and reviewed; the objects seen on the thin smear were approximately 250 µm (based on the relative size of the white blood cells).

What is your diagnosis and based on what criteria?

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June 2, 2010 at 3:05 PM


June 3, 2010 at 8:04 PM

infection with Brugia malayi

June 3, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Answer for The Image Challenge:

1.It was the image of Mycobacterium Tuberclosis



Treating the patient with Azidothymine drug to reduce the infection load.

June 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

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Subject:Image Challenge 23-Identifying Object


DIAGNOSIS:ACID FAST STANING & AMES TEST(Analysing Mutagens and Carcinogens)

TREATEMENT:TREATING THE PATIENT WITH AZIDOTHYMINE DRUG for a week to reduce the infectious load in the blood

June 4, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Wuchereria bancrofti, larva of a filarial worm on blood smear - causes lymphatic filariases.

June 4, 2010 at 5:11 PM

it can be microfilaria

June 4, 2010 at 9:04 PM

microfilaria - w. bancrofti

June 5, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Wuchereria bancrofti

June 5, 2010 at 4:15 PM


June 5, 2010 at 9:54 PM

microfilaria bancrofti

June 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Wuchereria bancrofti

Size - 250µm
Presence of a sheath.
Anucleate tail.

June 8, 2010 at 2:39 AM

microfilariae of Wucheria brancofti
regions endemic for brancoftian filariasis

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