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PubMed Search: Whipworm[TI]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • Whipworm gets its name from its shape - has a skinny end (anterior, inserts into colonic mucosa) and a thicker end (contains eggs in female)
  • Trichuris trichiura
Clinical features
  • Associated with rectal prolapse
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Uterus in posterior end has immature ova
  • Has stichosome composed of multiple stichocytes, bacillary bands (best seen in the anterior end of the worm within the tissue), polymyarian / coelomyarian musculature, strongly nucleated hypodermis
  • Thinner head part is embedded in tissue and larger tail is not embedded
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D.

Colon at autopsy
shows small
worm-like objects
attached to mucosa

Eggs with polar plugs

Contributed by Bobbi Pritt, M.D. and Heather Rose Arguello

Posterior and anterior end of whipworm

Multiple stichocytes

Immature ova in uterus in posterior end

Virtual slides

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