Answer to Image Challenge 23

June 8, 20100 comments

This was a case of filariasis caused by Wuchereria bancrofti.  

Diagnostic features were:
  • Size of the microfilaria was consistent with that of W. bancrofti (244-296 ┬Ám).
  • Presence of a sheath.
  • Nuclei were not present all the way to the end of the pointed tail (anucleate tail).
  • Relatively short cephalic space (the area where there are no nuclei in the anterior end or head).
Note: When a patient is from, or has travel history to, areas endemic for more than one causative agent of filariasis, it is important that an accurate diagnosis be made.  This is essential in guiding treatment decisions

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