Which saline wet mount findings are diagnostic of trichomoniasis?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The presence of flagellated pyriform protozoa, or trichomonads, indicates a positive test result. These ovoid-shaped parasites are slightly larger than polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), a type of white blood cell, and may be identified by their ameboid mobility. Trichomonads cause an inflammatory reaction; therefore, a large number of PMNs are usually present and correlate with the severity of infection.


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