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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1994 Mar;32(1):43-48. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1994.32.1.43
Copyright © 1994 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Two cases of intestinal capillariasis in Korea
S T Hong,1Y T Kim,2G Choe,3Y I Min,4S H Cho,5J K Kim,6J Kook,1J Y Chai,1 and S H Lee*1
1Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul 110-799, Korea.
Received February 15, 1994; Accepted February 28, 1994.


The distribution of intestinal capillariasis has been extended continuously through Asian countries. The first case in Korea was reported in 1993, and here we add 2 more cases. One case is a 41-year old man who was diagnosed by both eggs in the feces and worms in the biopsy specimen of the ileum. This case was supposedly infected in Indonesia. The other is a 78-year old man, who has not been abroad, and suffered from intractable diarrhea. He was diagnosed by eggs in the feces, and several juvenile worms were collected after anthelmintic treatment. In both cases the treatment was successful by albendazole.


Figs. 1-4
Photographs of the biopsied mucosa of the terminal ileum in the Case I. HE stain. Fig. 1. Three sectioned worms are in the epithelial layer. The villi are severely atrophic, and the crypts are hypertropic. Original magnification, ×200. Fig. 2. The worm sections show stichocytes in the thin body wall. One section includes an egg. Original magnification, ×400. Fig. 3. Oblique sections show a chain of stichocytes. Original magnification, ×400. Fig. 4. An egg is found in the lamina propria surrounded by numerous inflammatory cells. Oirginal magnification, ×400.

Figs. 5-10
The egg or worms from the Case II. Fig. 5. An egg measures 46 ×23 µm. Bipolar mucoid plugs and egg shell striations are clearly found. Bar 22µm. Fig. 6. A larva discharged after treatment, 0.65 mm long and 0.013 mm wide. Bar 0.1 mm, Fig. 7. A female juvenile worm collected after treatment. It is 1,56 mm long and 0.026 mm wide. Bar 0.3 mm. Fig. 8. High power view of the esophageal part of a larva, showing stichocytes (arrows). Original magnification, ×400. Fig. 9. The tail Part of a male worm. It has a retracted spicule. Bar 100 µm. Fig. 10. High power view of the tail showing the caudal alae. Bar 30 µm.

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