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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1989 Sep;27(3):213-216. Korean.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1989.27.3.213
Copyright © 1989 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
Seven cases of Diphyllobothrium latum infection
S H Lee,J Y Chai,S T Hong,W M Sohn,*S Huh,**E H Cheong and S B Kang
Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-460, Korea.
*Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Inje University, Pusan 614-112, Korea.
**Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Hallym University, Chunchon 200-702, Korea.

Seven cases of Diphyllobothrium latum infection were proved by collection of worms after praziquantel treatment between October, 1986 and July, 1987. The patients were all males aged 20-44 years residing in Seoul or Ulungdo, Kyungpook Province. All of them had the history of eating several kinds of raw marine fishes, and they had never been to abroad. One of them experienced abdominal pain and 6 experienced natural discharge of a chain of worm segments, but none revealed any sign of anemia. Total 12 worms (1-3/patient) were collected after praziquantel treatment. The worms were 85-423 cm in length, and revealed the characteristic rosette-shape uterus in their gravid proglottides. The average egg size varied 61.0-65.3 × 41.7-46.1 µm. The eggs were yellowish-brown, and ovoid to elliptical. Including the present 7 cases, the total number of human D. latum infections proven by worms in Korea becomes 28 cases.


Figs. 1-6
Fig. 1. Three strobilae of D. latum discharged from Case I. Fig. 2. A strobila from Case II. Fig. 3. Three complete strobilae from Case IV. Fig. 4. Three scolices from Case IV. Fig. 5. A scolex from Case V. Fig. 6. An egg from Case III.

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