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Korean J Lab Med. 2011 Jan;31(1):44-46. English. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.3343/kjlm.2011.31.1.44
Shakoor S , Wasay M , Zafar A , Beg MA .
Department of Microbiology, the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan. sadia.shakkoor@aku.edu
Department of Medicine, the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan.
Abstract

Plant root hairs are commonly found artifacts in parasitology specimens and may be confused with helminthes by an untrained eye. We report a case of brain tuberculoma where the tissue sample was contaminated with root hair derived from tap water; the presence of this root hair, which mimicked a larva, led to diagnostic confusion. Therefore, tap water should be considered a source of root hair and vegetable matter.

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