Sarma DP, Tanjucto E (1983): Human sparganosis. J La State Med Soc 135:16-17. PMID: 6550617  [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Sparganosis is an infection by a sparganum, the generic term tor the plerocercoid larva of a pseudophyllidean tapeworm of the species Spirometra. The adult tape- worms live in the intestines ot dog and cat. In the United States most ot the human cases are thought to be acquired by drinking water contaminated with the larval stage of the tapeworm.

Because of the rarity of such cases we are reporting this case to familiarize the dermatologists with the  entity.

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J Am Acad Dermatol. 1986 Nov;15(5 Pt 2):1145-8.

Human sparganosis.

Abstract

A case of human sparganosis is reported. Approximately sixty-eight such cases have been reported from the United States, most having been found in the southern states. Clinically sparganosis appears as a subcutaneous nodule. Diagnosis is established after the larval worm has been identified in the excised tissue. Excision of the lesion is curative.

Sarma DP, Weilbaecher TG(1986): Human spaganosis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 15: 1145-1148. PMID: 2945847 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

Human sparganosis

Deba P. Sarma. M.D.. and Thomas G. Weilbaecher. M.D. New Orleans. LA

A case of human sparganosis is reported. Approximately sixty-eight such cases have been reported from the United States, most having been found in the southern states. Clinically sparganosis appears as a subcutaneous nodule. Diagnosis is established after the larval worm has been identified in the excised tissue. Excision of the lesion is curative. (J AM ACAD DERMATOL 15:1145-1148. 1986.)

Sparganosis is an infection by sparganum. the generic term for the migrating plerocercoid larva of a tapeworm of the species Spirometra. The adult tapeworms live in the intestines of dogs and cats. In the United States most of the human cases are thought to be acquired by drinking water contaminated with the larval stage of the tapeworm. Approximately sixty-eight cases of human sparganosis have been reported from the United States.1 ” 25 The actual number of cases diagnosed is probably higher; there are thirty examples of sparganosis on file at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Washington. DC.23 Most of the cases have been reported from the southern United States. Sparganosis has been reported worldwide but is most common in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Cases have also been reported from the Caribbean islands. South America. Africa, and Australia.” Because of the population movement, it is expected that cases of sparganosis will be observed anywhere in the United States, especially among the immigrants from various countries.

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