Plant root hair in tap water: a potential cause for diagnostic confusion

Document Type



Medicine; Pathology and Microbiology


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.

Publication (Name of Journal)

The Korean journal of laboratory medicine