Laparoscopic Excision of Intra-abdominal Paragonimiasis

Department of Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques (Impact Factor: 1.14). 01/2008; 17(6):556-8. DOI: 10.1097/SLE.0b013e31813738c7
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Lung fluke, Paragonimus westermani of Paragonimus species usually are accompanied by a persistent cough, hemoptysis, and chest pain. Extrapulmonary paragonimiasis caused by ectopic parasites in aberrant locations such as the abdominal wall, abdominal organs, and brain has been reported and the most commonly involved extrapulmonary organ is the brain. We present a case of 56-year-old male patient with intra-abdominal paragonimiasis who underwent laparoscopic excision of abdominal granuloma caused by parasite infection. An intra-abdominal mass associated with eosinophilia might be related to parasite infection. A laparoscopic approach is the most appropriate treatment modality in such benign abdominal pathology.

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