Capillaria hepatica (syn. Calodium hepaticum) as a Cause of Asymptomatic Liver Mass

Uri Manor, Victoria Doviner, Jolanta Kolodziejek, Pia Weidinger, Amir Dagan, Menahem Ben-Haim, Merav Rokah, Norbert Nowotny, Daniel Boleslavsky

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Abstract

Capillaria hepatica (syn. Calodium hepaticum) is a parasitic nematode of rodents, rarely infecting humans. An asymptomatic Israeli adult male with extensive travel history was diagnosed with a liver mass on routine post-thymectomy follow-up. Imaging and computer tomography (CT) guided biopsy were inconclusive. Surgical excision revealed an eosinophilic granuloma with fragments of a nematode suspected to be C. hepatica. Molecular methods verified the diagnosis, and the patient was treated empirically. This is the first case of hepatic capillariasis described in Israel, and the first to be diagnosed using molecular methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-206
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume105
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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