Korean J Parasitol.  1984 Jun;22(1):43-50. 10.3347/kjp.1984.22.1.43.

Studies on intestinal trematodes in Korea [XII. Two cases of human infection by Stellantchasmus falcatus

  • 1Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic Diseases, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.


Two cases of human infection by Stellantchasmus falcatus (Heterophyidae) were identified by collection of adult worms during the treatment of some tapeworm infections in Korea. The cases were 24 (Case 1) and 55-year old (Case 2) males residing in Seoul. The Case 1 had gastrointestinal troubles such as diarrhea and abdominal pain, and heart problems such as palpitation and arrhythmia, revealing the eggs of Diphyllobothrium latum in the feces. The Case 2 complained indigestion and discharge of tapeworm (Taenia saginata) segments. Praziquantel at the dose of 15-20 mg/kg body weight and 30 g magnesium salt were given to them for treatment of the tapeworm infection and the discharged strobilae were identified. However, concommitantly with the tapeworms, 188 and 5 specimens of S. falcatus were collected from Case 1 and Case 2 respectively through stereomicroscopy of the diarrheal stools. The Case 1 was infected also with 3 other kinds of heterophyid flukes. They said to have eaten raw brackish water fish such as mullets which are considered to be the source of heterophyid fluke infections.

MeSH Terms

Stellantchasmus falcatus
case report
Taenia saginata
Diphyllobothrium latum
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