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Case studies emphasising the difficulties in the diagnosis and management of alveolar echinococcosis in rural China

McManus, Donald P; Li, Zhengzhi; Yang, Shukun; Gray, Darren J; Yang, Yu


BACKGROUND Human alveolar echinococcosis (AE) is caused by the accidental ingestion of the eggs of the fox tapeworm Echinococcus multilocularis. AE occurs frequently in rural western China due to the poor levels of hygiene, the close contact of people with dogs, and the lack of appropriate facilities for the correct and rapid diagnosis of the disease. FINDINGS We describe a case of a patient with hepatic AE, and AE metastases of the brain. She was mistakenly diagnosed with suspected...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2011-10-09
Type: Journal article
Source: Parasites & Vectors
DOI: 10.1186/1756-3305-4-196
Access Rights: Open Access


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