Human Infection with the Acanthocephalan Macracanthorhynchus Hirudinaceus in Bangkok: Report of a Case

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  • Department of Pathology, Chulalongkorn Hospital Medical School, Bangkok, Thailand


A female acanthocephalan, Macracanthorhynchus hirudinaceus, was recovered post-mortem from a 32-year-old Thai woman who died of rheumatic heart disease in Bangkok. This is the first instance of this infection in Thailand and probably the second human case in the world.