Taxonomy: Pseudoparasites and Artifacts
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Plant cells which resemble Helminth eggs in a faecal preperation. They have thick smooth walls and lack the internal structure and symmetry of parasites. Care must be taken in attributing the presence of a organism to symptoms eg. Spores of Henneguya salminicola (Myxozoa) which resemble human sperm have been reported in faeces but they are due to accidental ingestion with the fish - not due to sexual abuse (McClelland et al. 1997 J Clin Microbiol 35: 2815-18).
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