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Case Report
Korean J Parasitol. 1997 Mar;35(1):67-69. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1997.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1997.35.1.67
Copyright © 1997 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Live female Enterobius vermicularis in the posterior fornix of the vagina of a Korean woman
D I Chung,*1H H Kong,1H S Yu,1J Kim,2 and C R Cho3
1Department of Parasitology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Taegu 700-422, Korea.
Received January 10, 1997; Accepted May 05, 1997.


A 33-year-old Korean woman, para 2. visited an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, Kumi-shi, Kyongsangbuk-do, due to postcoital spotting and flank pain. She had a tubal ligation 7 years before and demonstrated back pain during menstruation. She revealed a foul smelling discharge without complaint of itching. Enterobius vermicularis eggs were demonstrated during microscopic examination of a smear taken from the posterior fornix of the vagina. On endoscopic examination of her vagina, a live worm was found in the posterior fornix. The worm was removed and identified as a female E. vermicularis based on morphology. This is the first case report of vaginal enterobiasis in Korea.


Fig. 1
An embryonated egg of Enterobius vermicularis. Bar indicates 20 µm.

Fig. 2
An adult female E. vermicularis recovered from the posterior fornix of vagina. The worm shows circumoral alae (arrow heads), esophageal bulb (large arrow) and vaginal opeing (small arrow).

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