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Diphyllobothriasis and sparganosis

David I. Grove

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.071004_update_001

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Diphyllobothriasis and sparganosis

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Diphyllobothriasis—procercoid larvae of Diphyllobothrium latum develop in the gut of people infected by eating undercooked fish. Adult worms cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms and urticaria, and compete with the host for vitamin B12, occasionally leading to pernicious anaemia. Diagnosis is by finding characteristic ova in the stool. Treatment is with niclosamide or praziquantel....

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Subjects: Medical Microbiology and Virology ; Infectious Diseases

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