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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-157

Dipylidium caninum: First case in an adult female from uttarakhand and review of literature


1 Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Gastroneterology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

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Suneeta Meena
Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Rishikesh - 249 201, Uttarakhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/tp.TP_22_19

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Dipylidium caninum is a rare cestode infection in India, only previously reported in children. We herein report the case of a 50-year-old female from India who presented with a 1-year history of abdominal pain associated with vomiting, cough, and passing worm segments in stool. She had been treated with albendazole without benefit. A stool examination revealed proglottids and egg clusters of D. caninum. She was treated with praziquental 600 mg once daily for 5 days. At follow-up a month later, she had recovered completely, and repeat stool examination was negative for proglottids and eggs. Dipylidiasis can rarely occur among adults in India and present with abdominal pain and cough.


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