OverviewThis is an egg of Ascaris lumbricoides. Ascarides are roundworms, a common parasitic infection throughout the world. It is estimated that as many as 1 billion people (one sixth of the world population) may be infected with roundworms.
Update Date 5/15/2014
Updated by: Jenifer K. Lehrer, MD, Department of Gastroenterology, Frankford-Torresdale Hospital, Aria Health System, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.