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Vincent and Dick discuss the nurse cell, a unique structure formed in the host muscle by Trichinella species.

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Vincent and Dickson trace the life cycle of Trichinella spiralis in an infected host.

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  • Infective first stage T. spiralis larva in Nurse cell in muscle tissue (jpg)
  • Adult female T. spiralis with fully formed larvae in uterus (jpg)
  • Adult male T. spiralis with claspers on tail (jpg)
  • Clinical correlations in trichinosis (jpg)
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Vincent and Dick distinguish among intracellular and extracellular parasites, then discuss the history and general characteristics of Trichinella spiralis.

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