Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A juvenile strobilate tapeworm was found in the spinal cord of a young man from Thailand who had suffered from paraplegia for several months. The recovered worm was 76 mm long and its scolex had four muscular suckers and a rostellum with hooks. Reproductive organs were not present in any of the more than 300 segments but a genital primordium was present in many. The immature state of the worm and the loss of many of the hooks from the scolex make its specific identification impossible, but it probably belongs to the family Taeniidae. Apparently this is only the second case in which a strobilate form of a tapeworm has been found in the extraintestinal tissues of man.


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