Long-term Taenia saginata infection successfully treated with meglumine/diatrizoate sodium.

Published on Jan 1, 2012in Internal Medicine1.005
· DOI :10.2169/INTERNALMEDICINE.51.6499
Shoji Hirasaki19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Okayama University),
Kazutoshi Murakami14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Okayama University)
+ 4 AuthorsNorio Koide20
Estimated H-index: 20
(Okayama University)
A 46-year-old Japanese man visited our hospital for chronic abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea and discharge of proglottids for 7 years. He had been living in Lao People's Democratic Republic. Ileography using meglumine/diatrizoate sodium (Gastrografin) revealed a long tapeworm. A Taenia saginata including the scolex was excreted through the intestinal tract by the administration of total 780 ml of Gastrografin. Taeniasis is an important disease in the differential diagnosis of imported diseases in Japan. Parasite infection should be suspected in patients with chronic abdominal pain or persistent diarrhea regardless of the findings for small bowel obstruction when there is a history of overseas travel.
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