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2017 Month : April Volume : 3 Issue : 1 Page : 15-16

INTESTINAL MASS CAUSED BY FASCIOLOPSIS BUSKI.

Swagnik Roy1, Bibhas Saha Dalal2, Saurabh Mitra3, Kalpana Karak4, Rajat Dasgupta5

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Swagnik Roy,
Department of Microbiology,
KPC Medical College and Hospital,
Jadavpur, Raja S. C. Mallick Road, Kolkata-32.
E-mail: swagnik.roy14442@gmai.com

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND

Fasciolopsiasis is a zoonotic infestation caused by the trematode fasciola hepatica. It presents a wide variety of clinical pictures ranging from eosinophilia to ambiguous gastrointestinal symptoms in the acute phase. However, it may often be overlooked, especially in the acute phase because of uncertain symptoms. Here, we report a case of an intestinal mass caused by Fasciolopsis buski. Fasciolopsiasis and other food-borne trematodiases are included in the list of important helminthiases, which are very commonly found in Indian subcontinent with major role in human growth and development. Plant-borne trematode species that have been found to affect humans: Fasciola hepatica, Fasciola gigantica and Fasciolopsis buski (Fasciolidae), Gastrodiscoides hominis (Gastrodiscidae), Watsonius watsoni and Fischoederius elongatus (Paramphistomidae) are mostly six in number. Present climate and global warming mostly change pattern of prevalence of snail-borne helminthiases. Fasciolopsiasis is a good example of an emerging/re-emerging parasitic disease in many states of India as a consequence of many phenomena related to environmental changes as well as man-made modifications. A 48-year-old woman was investigated for abdominal discomfort. The patient with no previous symptoms presented with back pain and abdominal distension with nausea and release of two or three leaf-like structures along with vomits. With a differential diagnosis of Fasciolopsis buski, serology using Falcon Screening Test Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (FAST-ELISA) was performed that established the final diagnosis.

Keywords

Fasciolopsis, CT, Trematoda, Intestinal Fluke.

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