Lab Anim Res.  2010 Sep;26(3):307-309.

Platynosomum fastosum Infestation in a Domestic Cat in Korea

  • 1College of Veterinary Medicine, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 2Clinical Research Institute, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul, Korea.


Cat liver fluke (Platynosomum fastosum) was identified upon necropsy of a Felis catus (domestic cat). This trematode has not been reported in domestic cats previously in Korea. Diagnosis of this fluke was made by the presence of eggs in the feces of the cat through the fecal sedimentation method. Flukes in the gallbladder, bile duct, and liver parenchyma were revealed by the necropsy findings. This report describes as the first case of a domestic cat with Platynosomum fastosum in Korea.


Platynosomum fastosum; cat; liver fluke

MeSH Terms

Bile Ducts
Fasciola hepatica


  • Figure 1. Adult Platynosomum fastosum observed in the gallbladder and bile duct upon dissecting the liver parenchyma.

  • Figure 2. An egg of Platynosomum fastosum found in the bile juice.

  • Figure 3. A egg of Platynosomum fastosum found in the feces.

  • Figure 4. Hyperplasia of biliary epithelium and eggs (arrows) of Platynosomum fastosum in the biliary duct (H & E stain).

  • Figure 5. An egg (arrow) of Platynosomum fastosum in the portal vein (H & E stain).

  • Figure 6. Cellular infiltration of the lamina propria and fibrosis of the duct wall (H & E stain).


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