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Indian Journal of Microbiology Research


A rare case of Diphyllobothriasis and Megaloblastic anaemia in a middle-aged lady from South India


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Author Details: Ashrafulla MR, Md. Mudassar Iqbal Lodhi, Giridhar R. Kuknoor, Shashidhar Katakol

Volume : 4

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-5478

Print ISSN : 2394-546X

Article First Page : 471

Article End Page : 472


Abstract

Tapeworms (Cestoda) continue to be an important cause of morbidity in humans worldwide. Diphyllobothriasis, a human disease caused by tapeworms of the genus Diphyllobothrium, is the most important fish-borne zoonosis caused by a cestode parasite. We report a rare case of Diphyllobothrium latum from South India seen in a middle-aged lady with two month history of vague abdominal pain, spontaneous passage of proglottids in stool, on and off diarrhea and megaloblastic anaemia. Treatment with niclosamide ultimately led to resolution of her symptoms.

Keywords
: Diphyllobothrium latum, Megaloblastic anaemia, South India