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Acta Cytol. 1997 Nov-Dec;41(6):1845-7.

Fine needle aspiration diagnosis of a subcutaneous abscess from Enterobius vermicularis infestation. A case report.

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Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Extraintestinal infestation by Enterobius vermicularis is uncommon. It has been reported to occur in the peritoneal cavity, ovary, fallopian tube, endometrium, lung, liver and urinary tract.

CASE REPORT:

Fine needle aspiration diagnosis was made in a case of enterobiasis presenting with a subcutaneous abscess in the natal cleft. Eggs, as well as fragments of cuticle of the adult worm, were found; the morphology of both was best visualized in Papanicolaou-stained smears. Polarizing microscopy highlighted the equally spaced parallel grooves of the cuticle.

CONCLUSION:

Fine needle aspiration cytology of subcutaneous abscesses due to enterobiasis can be diagnostic when eggs, or eggs with cuticle, are identified in a suppurative or granulomatous inflammation.

PMID:
9390155
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