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Kaohsiung J Med Sci. 2000 Jul;16(7):360-7.

Capillaria hepatica: a spurious case with a brief review.

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Department of Parasitology, National Yangming University, Taipei, Taiwan.


A 12-year-old Bunun aboriginal school student in Sanmin District Kaohsiung County, Southern Taiwan, was found to have Capillaria hepatica eggs in the feces during a survey on intestinal parasitic infection in 1997. Moreover, this student was also infected with Trichuris trichiura and Ascaris lumbricoides. The C. hepatica eggs were light yellowish-brown in color, 54 (40-60) microns in length and 29 (25-35) microns in width with a 3 (3-4) microns thick shell and two colorless egg plugs 7 (5-9) x 6 (5-8) microns. This is the eighth case of human spurious C. hepatica infection in Taiwan. In addition to the reporting of this case, the genuine and spurious infections of C. hepatica in humans as well as its infection in rats around the world are briefly reviewed.

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