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Indian J Chest Dis Allied Sci. 2004 Jul-Sep;46(3):225-7.

Pulmonary paragonimiasis.

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India. nadakr@rediffmail.com

Abstract

A 27-year-old married male from Lamdeng village of Imphal West District, Manipur presented with cough, fever, haemoptysis, anorexia and weight loss, and was treated with antituberculosis drugs continuously for one year without improvement. He also had history of ingestion of raw crabs. Chest radiograph revealed right midzone lesion with cavitation. Laboratory investigations revealed peripheral blood eosinophilia, elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate and sputum smear revealed eggs of Paragonimus westermani. He responeded well to treatment with praziquantel 25 mg/kg, three times a day for three days and is doing well on follow-up. Pulmonary paragonimiasis must be considered in the differential diagnosis of slowly resolving pneumonias, especially in the appropriate clinical setting because effective treatment with praziquantel can be rewarding.

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