Worm identification

Brent Dixon bdixon at hpb.hwc.ca
Tue Nov 26 13:27:16 EST 1996


I had a call yesterday from a man who claims to have passed two large, 
active worms in his urine stream.  He described them as 10cm long and 
2-3mm in diameter, red, with small hooks.  His doctor referred him to a 
urologist who sent the worm specimens to a public health lab.  An 
identification was never made and, unfortunately, the specimens are no 
longer available.  Not surprisingly, the man who passed the worms is 
still anxious to find out what the worms may be.  Does anyone have any 
ideas?  He has not done any recent travelling and the only unusual food 
he has eaten recently was some undercooked ground beef. A stool exam is 
planned and he has been asked to properly collect any further specimens. 
Thank you,
Brent Dixon
Research Scientist
Health Canada



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