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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1989 Dec;27(4):277-279. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1989.27.4.277
Copyright © 1989 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
A human case of Stellantchasmus falcatus infection
W M Sohn,*J Y Chai and S H Lee
1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Inje University, Pusan, Korea.
Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-460, Korea.

A human case infected with Stellantchasmus falcatus(Heterophyidae) is reported based on the adult worms collected after praziquantel treatment. The patient is a 33-year old male residing in Seoul. For several months he experienced vague abdominal discomfort and hunger pain. Praziquantel at a single dose of 600 mg was given followed by purgation with magnesium salt, and 17 adult S. falcatus specimens were collected from the diarrheal stools. He recalled he had eaten raw flesh of several kinds of brackish water fishes. This is the 4th human case of S. falcatus infection in Korea.


Fig. 1
An adult of S. falcatus collected from the present case.

Fig. 2
Magnification of another worm near the ventral sucker(VS) and seminal vesicle(SV), which consists of a muscular expulsor and a vesicular part(arrows)


Table 1
Measurements* of S. falcatus collected from the present case

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