Human syngamosis: the first case in Korea
- aDepartment of Pulmonary Disease, bDepartment of Pathology, cNoWon EulJi General Hospital, Seoul Department of Pulmonary Disease, DaeJeon EulJi General Hospital, DaeJeon, dDepartment of Parasitology, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
- Dr SM Lee.
- Received 7 October 1996
- Revision requested 18 December 1996
- Revised 24 March 1997
- Accepted 13 May 1997
Parasites of the genusMammomonogamus affect the respiratory tract of domestic mammals but have only rarely been reported in humans. In this case report the diagnosis of human syngamosis is described following bronchoscopic examination of a patient whose initial symptoms were simply of community acquired pneumonia. The patient had a persistent and productive cough with intermittent fever during 10 days of observation. After bronchoscopic extraction of the parasites and treatment with albendazole he recovered fully. This is one of the first recognised cases of human syngamosis in Korea.