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Case Report
Korean J Parasitol. 1995 Sep;33(3):219-223. English.
Published online Sep 20, 1995.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1995.33.3.219
Copyright © 1995 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
The first human case of Clinostomum complanatum (Trematoda: Clinostomidae) infection in Korea
D I Chung,*C H Moon,H H Kong,D W Choi and D K Lim
Department of Parasitology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Taegu 700-422, Korea.
Received May 13, 1995; Accepted June 03, 1995.


The authors present the first human case of Clinostomum pharyngitis in Taegu, Korea. The patient was a 56-year old male who visited an otolaryngology clinic due to foreign body sensation and pain of the pharyngeal region for 3-4 days. He used to eat raw fresh-water fish. Otolaryngological examinations revealed a living worm adhered to the right posterior pharyngeal wall. The worm removed was identified as C. complanatum after morphological observations. It is likely that more attention should be paid to eating raw fresh-water fish in Korea with regards to Clinostomum pharyngitis.


Fig. 1
Oral cavity showing location of the worm (arrow) adhered to the right posterior pharyngeal wall.

Fig. 2
Clinostomum complanatum obtained from pharyngeal wall. A. Photomicrograph of the stained specimen (ventral). B. Drawing of A (AT: anterior testis; c: cirrus; Ce: ceca; O: ovary; OS: oral sucker; PT: posterior testis; U: uterus; V: vitellaria; VS: ventral sucker). Scale bar = 0.5 mm.


Table 1
Comparison of the measurements of C. complanatum adult worms from humans and herons

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