Volume 83, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



We compared the chest radiographic findings of patients with pulmonary paragonimiasis in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR) with a report from Korea. The clinical and radiological characteristics of 50 confirmed Laotian pleuropulmonary paragonimiasis patients were studied between March 2003 and June 2007. In 49 patients, the chest radiographs showed abnormal findings (98%). Pulmonary parenchymal abnormalities were found in all 49 patients, whereas pleural effusion was only found in 11 patients (22%). The three most common intraparenchymal findings were multiple small cysts (90%), irregular linear densities (68%), and nodular opacities (40%). The numbers of patients who had these three findings were significantly different from the Korean report ( < 0.001). In conclusion, radiographic findings of pulmonary paragonimiasis may vary among countries.


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  • Received : 10 Feb 2010
  • Accepted : 02 Apr 2010
  • Published online : 05 Oct 2010
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