General Medicine: Open Access

ISSN - 2327-5146


Infection by Hymenolepis diminuta in Pediatric Patients from Gran Buenos Aires, Argentina

S. Ferioli*, J. M. Perazzo, E. A. Correa Louzao and P. Paulin

Hymenolepis diminuta is a zoonotic cestode infrequently found in humans, with less than 1600 cases reported worldwide. Infection is acquired by accidental ingestion of arthropods containing the larval stage of the parasite in their body cavity. We present two clinical cases of pediatric patients attending the “Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan” Pediatric Hospital, in whose coproparasitological examinations were found Hymenolepis diminuta eggs. Due to the rare finding and little knowledge of its epidemiology, the report of this infection becomes of great interest.