image of Case Report: Molecular Identification of Larval Taenia martis Infection in the Pouch of Douglas
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


is a tapeworm dwelling in the intestine of mustelids and a rare zoonotic cysticercosis pathogen in its larval stage. The metacestode is morphologically very similar to more prevalent cysticercosis parasites, such as the larvae of and , and may be indistinguishable from other metacestodes on histological sections. However, the epidemiology of human . infections is different, and for prognosis, prevention, and detection of natural parasite reservoirs, the species should be identified. We here report the molecular identification of a larva located in the pouch of Douglas in a female German patient who underwent surgery for endometriosis. This case represents the fifth human infection described worldwide; all previous cases were also in European women, involving the eye, brain, and the peritoneum.


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  • Received : 01 Jul 2020
  • Accepted : 13 Aug 2020
  • Published online : 21 Sep 2020
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