The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2012 , Vol 54 , Num 4
Fasciola hepatica infection: clinical and radiological findings in pediatric patients
1Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics and 2Department of Radiology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey. E-mail: dredakaradag@gmail.com Fascioliasis, an uncommon liver disease in children, is caused by the trematode Fasciola hepatica. Its clinical and laboratory findings may mimic several disorders of the liver, including malignancies. Diagnosis is usually made by demonstrating the presence of the parasite in liver tissue or the stool, or by serology, but many children are diagnosed incidentally. Described here are the clinical, laboratory and radiological features of five pediatric fascioliasis cases with different clinical pictures presenting over a period of five years, all of whom were successfully cured with oral triclabendazole. Keywords : Fasciola hepatica, child, clinical and radiological findings.
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