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An unusual helminth infection in a South East Asian refugee


Bradbury, RS and Males, C and Goldsmid, JM, An unusual helminth infection in a South East Asian refugee, Annals of the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, 11, (1) pp. 16-18. ISSN 1448-4706 (2010) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Three faecal specimens for parasitic examination from a clinically well threeyear- old South East Asian refugee with a history of eosinophilia, who had previously been treated for a Giardia intestinalis infection, were submitted to the Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases of the Royal Hobart Hospital for faecal parasite investigations. No parasites were seen in the formalin-ethyl acetate concentrate of the specimens. A small number of modifi ed acid-fast bodies were observed in the modifi ed iron haematoxylinstained permanent smears. These bodies resembled larvated hookworm eggs, but were much larger and more cylindrical. Some were asymmetrical in shape and others showed some degree of unipolar tapering. Following this fi nding, a new formalin-ethyl acetate concentrate of the patientís stool was thoroughly re-examined and the eggs were found to be present in very low numbers in this specimen. The eggs were identifi ed as possibly belonging to the trichostrongylid nematode family.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Medical microbiology
Research Field:Medical parasitology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bradbury, RS (Dr Richard Bradbury)
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:64553
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2010-08-12
Last Modified:2013-03-06

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