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Case Report
Korean J Parasitol. 1964 Dec;2(3):179-182. Korean.
Published online Mar 20, 1994.  http://dx.doi.org/10.3347/kjp.1964.2.3.179
Copyright © 1964 by The Korean Society for Parasitology
A Case report of sparganosis
Byong Seol Seo,Han Jong Rim,Jong June Yoon and Dong June Lee
Department of Parasitology and Institute of Endemic disease, College of Medicine, Seoul National University, Korea.

A case of sparganosis was presented. The patient was a 43-year-old Korean male who had a history of having eaten raw flesh of snake and frog in Keoje Island during 1950 to 1952 for the purpose of treatment of arthritis by the oriental custom. In the summer, l959, he had slight itching sensation in the left lower scrotal area. A few months later, he noticed the appearance of a peanut-sized mass in that area. However, the mass enlarged gradually to a hen's egg size during two years.

On surgical exploration, the mass was found to be a fibro-connective tissue capsule(3 to 4 cm in diameter) in the lower left scrotal area. From the capsule three larvae(l9 to 28 cm by 2 to 6 mm) were freed by dissection without much difficulty.

The sources of infection of some formerly reported sparganosis in Korea were discussed. It is most probable that human sparganosis is acquired by ingestion of raw flesh of snake and frog in this country.


Fig. 1
Sparganum recovered from scrotum.

Fig. 2
Excised connective tissues (arrow) and three spargana.


Table 1
Sparganosis cases reported from Korea

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