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Original Article
Korean J Parasitol. 1988 Mar;26(1):55-60. English.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1988.26.1.55
Copyright © 1988 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
A human case of Centrocestus armatus infection in Korea
Sung Jong Hong,Byong Seol Seo,*Soon Hyung Lee,** and Jong Yil Chai**
Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Gyeong-Sang National University, ChinJu 660-280, Korea.
*Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Inha University, Inchon 402-020, Korea.
**Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-460, Korea.

A human case of Centrocestus armatus (Heterophyidae) infection was proved by identifying an adult worm collected after treatment with praziquantel in Korea. The case is 42-year old man who resides in a rural area in Sanchung-gun, Kyeongsangnam-do. The case was concomitantly infected with Clonorchis sinensis and had the history of eating raw freshwater fishes including Zacco platypus, which are known to be the second intermediate host of C. armatus in Korea. This is the first report of natural human infection by C. armatus in the literature.


Fig. 1. Adult worm of C. armatus collected from a man.

Fig. 2. Drawing of Fig. 1.

Fig. 3. Dorsal view of oral sucker showing the alternating rows of circumoral spines (unstained).

Fig. 4. Drawing of circumoral spines on outer surface of the oral sucker.

Fig. 5. Intrauterine eggs (scale: 0.020mm).


Table 1
Comparison of the measurements of Centrocestus spp. with the present specimen (unit: mm)

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