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A 31-year-old man with no relevant medical history encountered a white, ribbon-shaped object, 15 cm long and approximately 1 cm wide, in his faeces. It turned out to be Diphyllobothrium latum, a tapeworm that has fish as the intermediate host. The patient had eaten raw fish and shellfish during a holiday in Brazil 5 months before. He recovered after a single dose of praziquantel.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Nederlands tijdschrift voor geneeskunde

Publication Date

10/2005

Volume

149

Pages

2470 - 2472

Addresses

Afd. Medische Microbiologie, sectie Parasitologie, L1-245, Academisch Medisch Centrum/Universiteit van Amsterdam, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam. h.r.vandoorn@amc.uva.nl

Keywords

Feces, Animals, Humans, Diphyllobothrium, Diphyllobothriasis, Praziquantel, Anthelmintics, Treatment Outcome, Food Parasitology, Food Contamination, Seafood, Adult, Male