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Description:This photomicrograph revealed the presence of a trichrome-stained, Dientamoeba fragilis parasitic trophozoites in this specimen.
Dientamoeba fragilis is a flagellate that must be morphologically differentiated from the small nonpathogenic amoebas. D. fragilis has no cyst stage, and its trophozoites measure 5 to 15┬Ám. The flagella are not usually evident and the pseudopodia are angular to broad-lobed and transparent. While most trophozoites are typically binucleate, some have only one nucleus, as was the case here.
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Content Providers(s):CDC
Creation Date:1970
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Links:CDC - Nat. Cntr. for Infectious Diseases (NCID); Div. of Parasitic Diseases (DPDx): Dientamoeba fragilis
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