Korean J Parasitol.  1993 Jun;31(2):109-116. 10.3347/kjp.1993.31.2.109.

Worm recovery rate and small intestinal lesions of albino rats coinfected with Fibricola seoulensis and Metagonimus yokogawai

  • 1Department of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Gyeong-Sang National University, Chinju, Korea.


Worm recovery rates and pathologic changes in small intestine of albino rats were observed after concurrent and challenge infections with metacercariae (MC) of Fibricola seoulensis and Metagonimus yokogawai, and compared with those of single infection groups. Albino rats in concurrent infection group were killed 20 days after feeding with 1,000 MC of each fluke. Rats in challenge infection group were fed with 1,000 MC of F. seoulensis and challenged by 1,000 MC of M. yokogawai 10 days after primary infection, then killed 10 days thereafter. In concurrent infection group, mean number of F. seoulensis and M. yokogawai recovered, 250 and 118 respectively, were similar to those of single infection groups. However, more flukes were collected from the duodenum and less flukes were from the ileum than from single infection group. In challenge infection group, the recovery rate of F. seoulensis was similar to that of single infection group and the distribution of the flukes was similar to that of concurrent infection group. Mean number of M. yokogawai, 69, was significantly lower than that of single infection group. Its distribution, however, extended to the duodenum and most of the flukes were recovered from the jejunum. In concurrent infection group, villi of the duodenum were more markedly thickened, fused and shortened than those in F. seoulensis single infection group. The crypt epithelium appeared to be hyperplastic and inflammatory cell infiltration into the villous stroma was mild. Villous atrophy in the jejunum and ileum was milder than in M. yokogawai single infection group. In challenge infection group, the findings were similar to those of concurrent infection group.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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