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1 December 2010 Fatal Bilateral Dioctophymatosis
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Dioctophyma renale is a parasite that frequently occurs in animals but rarely in humans. The present report describes the clinical observations of a D. renale infection in a 51-yr-old woman. Its clinical signs and diagnostic findings were unspecific until giant worms were observed in the urine and histological findings confirmed it was a D. renale infection. She refused treatment and died of bilateral renal function failure. This is the first confirmed report to follow the natural progression of D. renale infection in a human. Here, we discuss a conservative therapeutic approach and features associated with this parasitic infection.

Gang Li, Caigang Liu, Fang Li, Maoyi Zhou, Xiangyong Liu, and Yuanjie Niu "Fatal Bilateral Dioctophymatosis," Journal of Parasitology 96(6), 1152-1154, (1 December 2010). https://doi.org/10.1645/GE-2132.1
Received: 20 April 2009; Accepted: 1 June 2010; Published: 1 December 2010
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