Korean J Parasitol.  2001 Jun;39(2):193-196. 10.3347/kjp.2001.39.2.193.

A human case of gastric infection by Pseudoterranova decipiens larva

  • 1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Konkuk University, Chungju 380-701, Korea. jaeran.yu@mail.kku.ac.kr


We report a case of gastric pseudoterranoviasis proven by gastrofiberscopy on Dec. 13, 1994. The 34-year-old male patient, residing in Chungju-shi, was admitted to Konkuk University Hospital complaining of prickling epigastric pain. The symptoms suddenly attacked him two days after eating raw marine fish at Chonan-shi. By the gastrofiberscopic examination, a long white-yellowish nematode was found from the fundus region of stomach. The worm was 34.50 x 0.84 mm in size, and was identified as a 3rd stage larva of Pseudoterranova decipiens judging from the position of the intestinal cecum. This is the 12th confirmed case of human pseudoterranoviasis in Korea.

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