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Turkiye Parazitol Derg. 2014 Dec;38(4):278-80. doi: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3548.

[Infestation of the human digestive system with beetle larvae (Coleoptera: Cantharidae): a case report].

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Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Van, Türkiye.


This study was conducted to report the digestive system infestation caused by the larvae of Coleoptera in a female pediatric patient. She was admitted to our hospital with the complaints of emergence of insect larvae from her vomit and feces, abdominal pain, inguinal pain, lack of appetite, hair loss, excessive cleaning behavior, extreme irritability, and distractibility. The larvae observed typically had the morphology of the larvae of insects related to the Cantharidae family in the Coleoptera order. For treatment, a single dose of albendazole (400 mg) was used. Consequently, in the present case, it was seen that the larvae of Coleoptera incidentally taken orally could continue to live for a period in the digestive tract of people, without losing vitality, and the larvae caused a variety of symptoms due to both their toxic agents and the possible irritation they caused.

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