A case of breast sparganosis.

Seobo Sim, Jai Kyung You, In Yong Lee, Kyung Il Im, Taisoon Yong

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Abstract

A 29-year-old Korean woman visited the Department of Surgery in MizMedi Hospital with a palpable itching mass on the right breast that had existed for the past 7 months. She had no history to eat either frogs or snakes, but had the history of drinking impure water. Sonography revealed a serpiginous hypoechoic tubular structure associated with partial fat necrosis in breast parenchymal layer and subcutaneous fat layer. It also revealed oval cystic lesions. At operation, an ivory white opaque ribbon-like worm that measured 16.5 cm in length and 0.5 cm in width was extracted. Anti-sparganum specific serum IgG level in the patient's serum (absorbance = 0.71), measured by ELISA, was found to be significantly higher than those of normal controls (cut off point = 0.21). Sonography and ELISA appear to be helpful to diagnose sparganosis. Breast sparganosis is rarely found throughout the world.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-189
Number of pages3
JournalThe Korean journal of parasitology
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan 1

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Sparganosis
Breast
Ultrasonography
Sparganum
History
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Fat Necrosis
Snakes
Subcutaneous Fat
Pruritus
Serum
Drinking Water
Anura
Immunoglobulin G

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Sim, Seobo ; You, Jai Kyung ; Lee, In Yong ; Im, Kyung Il ; Yong, Taisoon. / A case of breast sparganosis. In: The Korean journal of parasitology. 2002 ; Vol. 40, No. 4. pp. 187-189.
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A case of breast sparganosis. / Sim, Seobo; You, Jai Kyung; Lee, In Yong; Im, Kyung Il; Yong, Taisoon.

In: The Korean journal of parasitology, Vol. 40, No. 4, 01.01.2002, p. 187-189.

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