Quiz Case #5
A 4 year old female, spayed, cat was brought in to it's
local veterinarian in Massachusetts becuase it was not doing well. It had
lost a fair amount of weight over the last 2 months. Blood work indicated
elevated liver enzymes (Alk phos, GGT). A biopsy of the liver was taken
and sent out for pathology. A H&E stained slide of the biopsy is presented
below (1A). The specimen shown in figure 1B was recovered from the bottom
of the container in which the biopsy had been shipped to the lab.
Note: You can click on image 1A to see the cross-section
of the adult parasite highlighted.
To what class does this parasite belong?