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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2007 Apr;25(2):152-4.

A rare case of diphyllobothriasis from Pondicherry, South India.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry - 605 014, India.


Diphyllobothriasis is an intestinal parasitic infection caused by the ingestion of raw fresh-water fish containing the infectious larvae of Diphyllobothrium spp. This infection is uncommon in India. We report a case of diphyllobothriasis that occurred in Pondicherry, India, in a 5-year-old boy hailing from a fishing community. He attended the Pediatric OPD with spontaneous discharge of segments of the adult parasite. The segments (macroscopically and microscopically) were identified as those of Diphyllobothrium latum. The stool examination also revealed characteristic oval eggs.

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