Volume 91, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Human sparganosis is one of the neglected diseases but important food-borne parasitic zoonoses. The disease is caused by larvae (spargana) of diphyllobothriidean tapeworm. Here, we describe nine cases of human sparganosis, caused by in a hospital in Thailand during 2001–2012. Clinical characteristics, treatment, and outcome of cases were revealed. Diagnosis and identification of causative parasite species was made by histopathological investigations followed by a polymerase chain reaction-based molecular method using formalin-fixed paraffin embedded tissues. The DNA samples were extracted from tissues and a partial fragment of cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 () gene was amplified for the detection of parasitic DNA. Infection could be prevented by increasing activities on health communication by responsible public health agencies.


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  • Received : 23 Mar 2014
  • Accepted : 14 Apr 2014
  • Published online : 06 Aug 2014

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