Korean J Parasitol.  2009 Sep;47(3):315-318. 10.3347/kjp.2009.47.3.315.

Egg Laying Capacity of Haplorchis taichui (Digenea: Heterophyidae) in Humans

  • 1Department of Helminthology, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, 420/6 Rachawithi Road, Rachathewee, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. tmjwk@mahidol.ac.th


Quantitative fecal egg counts represented as the number of eggs per gram of feces (EPG) are generally a reliable parameter to estimate the worm burden of intestinal and hepatic parasitoses. Although Haplorchis taichui (Digenea: Heterophyidae) is one of the most common minute human intestinal flukes, little is known about the relationship between EPG and the actual worm burden in patients or the severity of the disease. In the present study, fecal samples were collected from 25 villagers in northern Thailand before and after praziquantel treatment. The EPG values of each participant were determined by the modified cellophane thick smear method, and adult worms were collected from the whole stool after the treatment. Eggs per day per worm (EPDPW) of H. taichui were estimated 82 from egg counts and expelled worms. The EPG was not well correlated with the worm burden, and a reverse correlation was observed between the EPDPW and the worm burden.


Haplorchis taichui; eggs per gram of feces (EPG); eggs per day per worm (EPDPW); egg laying capacity

MeSH Terms

Heterophyidae/isolation & purification/*physiology
Parasite Egg Count
Trematode Infections/*parasitology
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