Live female Enterobius vermicularis in the posterior fornix of the vagina of a Korean woman

Korean J Parasitol. 1997 Mar;35(1):67-9. doi: 10.3347/kjp.1997.35.1.67.


A 33-year-old Korean woman, para 2. visited an obstetrics and gynecology clinic, Kumi-shi, Kyongsangbuk-do, due to postcoital spotting and flank pain. She had a tubal ligation 7 years before and demonstrated back pain during menstruation. She revealed a foul smelling discharge without complaint of itching. Enterobius vermicularis eggs were demonstrated during microscopic examination of a smear taken from the posterior fornix of the vagina. On endoscopic examination of her vagina, a live worm was found in the posterior fornix. The worm was removed and identified as a female E. vermicularis based on morphology. This is the first case report of vaginal enterobiasis in Korea.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Enterobiasis / parasitology*
  • Enterobius / anatomy & histology
  • Enterobius / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Korea
  • Vagina / parasitology*
  • Vaginal Diseases / parasitology*