The first human case of Clinostomum complanatum (Trematoda: Clinostomidae) infection in Korea

Korean J Parasitol. 1995 Sep;33(3):219-23. doi: 10.3347/kjp.1995.33.3.219.


The authors present the first human case of Clinostomum pharyngitis in Taegu, Korea. The patient was a 56-year old male who visited an otolaryngology clinic due to foreign body sensation and pain of the pharyngeal region for 3-4 days. He used to eat raw fresh-water fish. Otolaryngological examinations revealed a living worm adhered to the right posterior pharyngeal wall. The worm removed was identified as C. complanatum after morphological observations. It is likely that more attention should be paid to eating raw fresh-water fish in Korea with regards to Clinostomum pharyngitis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Korea
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharyngitis / parasitology*
  • Pharyngitis / therapy
  • Trematoda / isolation & purification
  • Trematoda / ultrastructure
  • Trematode Infections*