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Human Infection with Hymenolepis diminuta: First Case Report from North India

Rumpa Saha, Stuti Kaushik, Kavita Gupta

Keywords : Diarrhea, Hymenolepis diminuta, Praziquantel, Rat tapeworm.

Citation Information : Saha R, Kaushik S, Gupta K. Human Infection with Hymenolepis diminuta: First Case Report from North India. J Gastrointest Infect 2017; 7 (1):36-37.

DOI: 10.5005/jogi-7-1-36

License: CC BY-SA 4.0

Published Online: 01-11-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2017; The Author(s).


The parasite Hymenolepis diminuta commonly infests rodents, and human cases have been reported from all corners of India, save North India. There is a need to create awareness about its association with human disease as it is completely curable after treatment. We describe two cases of human infection due to H. diminuta in a 24-year-old woman and her son. These two cases were diagnosed on routine microscopy wet mount preparation and subsequently were successfully treated with medication. A detailed description of this disease in terms of epidemiology, clinical presentation, and effective treatment is dependent upon prompt diagnosis and reporting of all such cases.

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