057 - Unusual parasitological finding in the urinary sediment

Autor(s): M. Daves, G. Cosio, P. Innocenti, U. Dall Asta, F. Rizza

Issue: RIMeL - IJLaM, Vol. 5, N. 1, 2009 (MAF Servizi srl ed.)

Page(s): 57-59

We report the case of an unusual parasitological fin ding in a urine sample of a woman referred to our laboratory for a routine check up. In our laboratory we analyse approximately 350 urine specimens every day, performing chemical analysis with the analyser Aution-max (A. Menarini Diagnostics, Flo rence, Italy) and an automated evaluation of formed elements with the analyser UF-100 (Sysmex Corpora tion, Kobe, Japan). A further microscopic evaluation after centrifugation of the sample is performed for urine samples which present discrepancies between the chemical analysis and the evaluation of formed elements and for every sample in which clinical doubts still persist. The urine sample of the lady showed several abnor malities in the analytical graphs of the UF-100 analyser. For this reason we performed a microscopic evalua tion that showed a great number of mobile ciliate micro organism, subsequently identified as Balantidium coli.
Key-words: urinary sediment, parasitological finding, zoonoses.

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