Volume 82, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In this study we present, for the first time, a three-dimensional digital reconstruction of larval growth in human tissue. Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded hepatic tissues from patients with alveolar echinococcosis were serially sectioned, stained, and areas of larval growth of the parasite were microphotographed. Parasitic structures were reconstructed from multiple digital planes, revealing a root-like network of interconnected vesicles and tubules extending into the periphery of lesions.


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  • Received : 10 Aug 2009
  • Accepted : 15 Sep 2009
  • Published online : 05 Jan 2010
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