Invasion of human embryo by Enterobius vermicularis

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1987 Aug;111(8):761-2.


Two Enterobius vermicularis organisms invading a macerated embryo 2 cm in length were found in the tissue from an endometrial curettage performed for missed abortion in a pregnant woman. Ova from the helminths were recovered from the vagina and endometrium of the patient. This most unusual case provides further evidence for the invading capacity of E vermicularis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Missed / parasitology*
  • Adult
  • Embryo, Mammalian / parasitology*
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian*
  • Enterobius / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Oxyuriasis / pathology*
  • Pregnancy