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First Clinical Cases of Spirometrosis in Two Cats in Korea

Korean Journal of Parasitology 2021년 59권 2호 p.153 ~ 157
김주형, Ock Youn-Sung, 양기환, 최성준, 박경미, 이완규, 최경철, 김수종, 곽동미, 이승훈,
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김주형 ( Kim Joo-Hyung ) - Shinsegae Animal Medical Center
 ( Ock Youn-Sung ) - Myeonggok Station Animal Hospital
양기환 ( Yang Ki-Hwan ) - Shinsegae Animal Medical Center
최성준 ( Choe Seong-Jun ) - Chungbuk National University School of Medicine Department of Parasitology
박경미 ( Park Kyung-Mee ) - Chungbuk National University College of Veterinary Medicine
이완규 ( Lee Wan-Kyu ) - Chungbuk National University College of Veterinary Medicine
최경철 ( Choi Kyung-Chul ) - Chungbuk National University College of Veterinary Medicine
김수종 ( Kim Soo-Chong ) - Chungbuk National University College of Veterinary Medicine
곽동미 ( Kwak Dong-Mi ) - Kyungpook National University College of Veterinary Medicine
이승훈 ( Lee Seung-Hun ) - Chungbuk National University College of Veterinary Medicine

Abstract


This study reports the first two clinical cases of spirometrosis caused by Spirometra sp. in cats in Korea. In these two cases, the cats vomited, and long proglottids of tapeworm were recovered. The sick cats presented with anorexia and lethargy. However, they unexpectedly showed no diarrhea, which is the main symptom of spirometrosis. Based on a fecal floatation test as well as morphological and molecular analyses, the parasite was diagnosed as Spirometra sp. The 2 cases were treated with praziquantel. This study suggests regular monitoring of health and deworming in companion animals, even when animals are well cared for, with regular preventive medication. Additionally, spirometrosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis in cases of gastrointestinal symptoms in Spirometra endemic areas.

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Cat; clinical case; praziquantel; spirometrosis; zoonosis

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