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Parasite Wonders: A parasitologist’s view of the world
This week's case involves an elderly institutionalized patient with diffuse thickened skin on her arms and back. A sample of the skin crust was submitted for examination, and microscopic examination of the scrapings revealed these images. What is it?
Every week, Mayo Clinic microbiologist Dr. Bobbi Pritt posts a new case, along with the answer to the previous case. Read Dr. Pritt's blog, Creepy, Dreadful, Wonderful Parasites, and submit your answers, comments and questions. Learn more about Dr. Pritt's work, and enjoy science!
Note from Dr. Pritt: All opinions expressed here are mine and not my employer's. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as, and does not substitute for, medical advice. I do not accept medical consults from patients.