[Pneumothorax in distomatosis]

Presse Med. 2001 Nov 3;30(32):1587-8.
[Article in French]


Introduction: Distomatosis is a parasite infection following ingestion of food contaminated by Fasciola h├ępatica, the tropism of which is essentially hepatic. The mechanism of this exceptional complication is discussed in two cases of pneumothorax.

Observations: Two 35 and 60 year-old patients presenting spontaneous pneumothorax during distomatosis, the first revealing the disease, the second suggesting the evolution of a severe form of the disease. The surgical biopsy in the first patient revealed a granulomatous pleuro-pneumopathy rich in giant cells.

Discussion: Pulmonary manifestations of distomatosis are frequent during the invasive phase. Their immunoallergic origin can be questioned and emphasis should be placed on lesions secondary to aberrant parasite migrations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Fascioliasis / complications*
  • Female
  • Food Parasitology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pneumothorax / parasitology*