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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 403-405

Live Fasciolopsis buski vomited out by a boy

Department of Microbiology, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur, India

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Indrani Mohanty
Department of Microbiology, MKCG Medical College and Hospital, Berhampur - 760 004
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.102092

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Fasciolopsiasis is a disease caused by Fasciolopsis buski where humans acquire the infection by consumption of raw fresh water plants contaminated with metacercariae stage of the parasite. We are reporting an unusual case, in which an 11-year-old boy vomited out 4 live adult worms. The patient had complains of occasional gastrointestinal symptoms. The worms were identified as F. buski based on gross morphology and histopathological examination. The stool sample examination also revealed the presence of eggs of F. buski. The patient was successfully treated with nitazoxanide. Finding of live adult worms in the vomitus of a child in a non-endemic area is extremely rare and raises the possibility of unidentified cases in this region

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