Trematode Eggs in the Peritoneal Cavity of Man in Honduras

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  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Hospital San Felipe, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Surgical repair of an inguinal hernia in a 19-year-old man in Honduras revealed massive numbers of small granulomata containing trematode eggs on the omentum and other peritoneal surfaces. The eggs resembled those of Achillurbainia recondita Travassos, 1942, a species found in the maxillary sinuses of the opossum, Didelphis marsupialis. Species of Achillurbainia (syn. Poikilorchis Fain and Vandepitte, 1957) have been reported in retroauricular cysts or abscesses in residents of West Africa and Southeast Asia.