Probably the most beautiful parasite I have seen under the microscope. Question: What is the name of the parasite and what disease does it cause in humans? [Updated 28 September 2016] This rare (in humans) parasite is Dicroceolium dendriticum – the lancet liver fluke. Humans are only accidental definitive hosts, while ruminants such as sheep, goats […]

A middle-aged man (in his fifties) presented with recurrent right upper quadrant abdominal pain for 5 weeks, associated with nausea, night sweats and low-grade fever. His work involved frequent travel to Indonesia, China and parts of Latin America, although mainly confined to the big cities rather than to rural parts of these countries. He had […]