“Have you ever seen this before?” asks this reader in her submission. “I KNOW I have some sort of intestinal parasite, and my doctor agrees. All stool samples come back negative, even when they saw I put a worm in the container! Please see slides, under microscope, minus two. Could be two different worms (microscopic and other?).” Unfortunately, since we are not medical professionals, we are neither qualified nor legally able to help her in the way that she requests. This is because parasites are always a medical concern, and should only be identified/diagnosed and treated by a medical professional. In any case, we would not be able to confirm or deny if we have seen the organisms pictured, since they are microscopic – we do not identify microscopic organisms as that is an entire different ballpark.
What we can do is point our reader in the direction of some medical professionals who will be better equipped than her doctor to diagnose and treat her problem. Specifically, we suggest that she consult a medical parasitologist, as they specialize in the area of parasitic infections, whereas most primary care doctors will not have received training in that field.
Hence, what we can recommend is that our reader do one or more of the following:
1) Search for a medical parasitologist in their area using this directory of medical parasitology consultants: https://www.astmh.org/for-astmh-members/clinical-consultants-directory.
2) Search for a local parasitologist by doing a Google search for “medical parasitologist (name of the closest big city)” or “tropical medicine specialist (name of the closest big city)”.
3) Get in touch with Dr. Omar Amin at the Parasitology Center at https://www.parasitetesting.com.
4) Contact Dr. Vipul Savaliya of Infectious Disease Care (“IDCare”) at idcarepa.com.
We should note that both Dr. Amin and Dr. Savaliya are available for online consultation, so our reader does not need to be in the vicinity of their physical offices to get help!
In conclusion, we can unfortunately not tell our reader if we have seen these organisms before. We wish we could be of more assistance, but we hope that the resources listed above prove helpful. We suggest that when she does consult a medical parasitologist, she give them all the same context and photos that she gave us, and, if possible, that she get a referral from her doctor showing that they agree with her assessment of her condition. Even bringing some of the microscope slides might prove useful to her physician. We wish her the very best!
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