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Korean J Parasitol. 1972 Aug;10(2):86-89. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1972.10.2.86
Copyright © 1972 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Survival of adult Clonorchis sinensis in the biliary passages of dead human bodies
Dong Wik Choi,Chong Yoon Joo and Sung Deok Park
Department of Parasitology, Kyungpook National University, School of Medicine, Taegu, Korea.

Adult Clonorchis sinensis were collected from the biliary passage of nine cases of medico-legal autopsies. The worms were washed repeatedly with tap water and rinsed twice with physiological saline. Incubation took place in Tyrode's medium in order to recover live worms. The number of worms surviving in the medium was determined.

The rate of surviving worms showed an unexpectedly high percentage (22.8%) in those cases autopsied 2 days after death. The surviving worm burden dropped sharply to 6.3 and 9.2 percent for those samples taken 5 days after death.


Table 1
Survival of adult Clonorchis sinensis in the biliary passages of dead human bodies

Table 2
Survival rates for adult Clonorchis sinensis in the Tyrod's medium

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