Korean J Parasitol.  2003 Jun;41(2):117-120. 10.3347/kjp.2003.41.2.117.

A human case of Echinostoma hortense (Trematoda: Echinostomatidae) infection diagnosed by gastroduodenal endoscopy in Korea

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu 700-422, Korea.
  • 2Department of Parasitology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu 700-422, Korea.


A human Echinostoma hortense infection was diagnosed by gastroduodenoscopy. An 81-year-old Korean male, living in Yeongcheon-shi, Gyeongsangbuk-do and with epigastric discomfort of several days duration, was subjected to upper gastrointestinal endoscopy. He was in the habit of eating fresh water fish. Two live worms were found in the duodenal bulb area and were removed using an endoscopic forcep. Based on their morphological characteristics, the worms were identified as E. hortense. The patient was treated with praziquantel 10 mg/kg as a single dose. The source of the infection in this case remains unclear, but the fresh water fish consumed, including the loach, may have been the source. This is the second case of E. hortense infection diagnosed by endoscopy in Korea.


Echinostomiasis; gastrointestinal endoscopy
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