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An Imported Case of Echinococcosis of the Liver in a Korean Who Traveled to Western and Central Europe

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Authors
Byun, Sun-Ju; Moon, Kyung Chul; Suh, Kyung-Suk; Han, Joon Koo; Chai, Jong-Yil
Issue Date
2010
Publisher
KOREAN SOC PARASITOLOGY, SEOUL NATL UNIV COLL MEDI
Citation
KOREAN JOURNAL OF PARASITOLOGY; Vol.48 2; 161-165
Keywords
Echinococcus granulosushistopathologyprotoscolexELISAlivercase report
Abstract
Echinococcus granulosus, an intestinal tapeworm of dogs and other canids, infects humans in its larval stage and causes human echinococcosis or hydatid disease. In the Republic of Korea, 31 parasite-proven human echinococcosis cases have been reported, most of which were imported from the Middle East. We recently examined a 61-year-old Korean man who had a large cystic mass in his liver. ELISA was negative for tissue parasitic infections, including echinococcosis, cysticercosis, paragonimiasis, and sparganosis. The patient underwent surgery to remove the cyst, and the resected cyst was processed histopathologically for microscopic examinations. In sectioned cyst tissue, necrotizing protoscolices with disintegrated hooklets of E. granulosus were found. In some areas, only freed, fragmented hooklets were detected. The patient had traveled to western and central Europe in 1996, and had no other history of overseas travel. We report our patient as a hepatic echinococcosis case which was probably imported from Europe.
ISSN
0023-4001
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/76202
DOI
https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2010.48.2.161
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