Korean J Parasitol.  2020 Jun;58(3):309-313. 10.3347/kjp.2020.58.3.309.

A Retrieved Sparganum of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei from a Korean Man during Mechanical Thrombectomy

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944, Korea
  • 2Department of Neurosurgery, Kyungpook National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944, Korea
  • 3Department of Radiology, Kyungpook National University Hospital, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944, Korea
  • 4Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944, Korea
  • 5Department of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41944, Korea

Abstract

Human sparganosis is a zoonotic disease caused by infection and migration of the plerocercoid of Spirometra spp. Although sparganosis were reported from most parts of the body, the sparganum parasitizing inside cerebral artery is remarkably uncommon. We report a case of cerebral intravascular sparganosis in an elderly patient with acute ischemic stroke who was diagnosed by retrieving sparganum during mechanical thrombectomy. Finally, the parasites were identified as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei using multiplex PCR and cox1 gene sequencing.

Keyword

; intravascular; sparganosis; stroke
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