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Art and Science of Laboratory Medicine
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Strongyloides stercoralis Embryonated Ova in the Lung
A 65-year-old Vietnamese immigrant was hospitalized for persistent abdominal pain and malodorous black stools. He was being treated with glucocorticoids for giant-cell arteritis. Endoscopic examination showed duodenal ulceration with duodenitis. The patient's hospital course was complicated by several episodes of bacteremia with enteric organisms. Increased respiratory effort required endotracheal intubation. Subsequently, the microbiology laboratory incidentally discovered numerous larvae and several embryonated ova with moving larvae in a tracheal aspirate sample.