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A genus of pseudophyllid tapeworms.
[G. speira, coil, + mētra, womb (uterus)]


/Spi·ro·me·tra/ (spi″ro-me´trah) a genus of tapeworms parasitic in fish-eating cats, dogs, and birds; larval infection (sparganosis) in humans is caused by ingestion of inadequately cooked fish.


The plerocercoid larva of tapeworms, esp. those of the genera Diphyllobothrium and Spirometra.

spirometra mansoni

An elongated plerocercoid species, 3 to 14 in. (7.6 to 35 cm) in length, found in muscles and connective tissue, esp. that around the eye; common in the Far East.

spirometra mansonoides

Species occasionally found in the U.S. in larval form.

spirometra proliferum

Minute species infesting humans and producing acne-like nodules. It is thought to proliferate by means of budlike outgrowths.


a pseudophyllidean tapeworm similar to Diphyllobothrium spp. that occurs in the intestines of wild carnivores and domestic cats and dogs. The larvae (plerocercoids) infest amphibians but humans can also be infected, the resulting disease being known as sparganosis. Includes S. erinacei (cats, dogs), S. felis (big zoo cats), S. mansoni (cats, dogs), S. mansonoides (cats, dogs, raccoons), S. reptans (New World primates).
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IgG to other parasites including Paragonimus westermani , Paragonimiasis sichuanensis , Schistosoma japonicum , and Spirometra mansoni were all negative.
Molecular Identification of Spirometra erinaceieuropaei in Cases of Human Sparganosis, Hong Kong
2012), reptiles (Chavez, 2011) y en el venado de cola blanca (Odocoileus virginianus) (Cespedes, 2011); asimismo, estudios realizados en el zoologico Parque de Las Leyendas de Lima, revelaron la presencia de huevos de Spirometra mansonoides en pumas, otorongos y tigrillos (Tantalean y Michaud, 2005).
The Spirometra erinaceieuropaei tapeworm was identified by a team led by Dr Hayley Bennett, of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, who mapped its genome.
multilocularis Larva Alveolar cyst Multilocular cysts disease Diphyllobothrium Adult Fish tapeworm Pernicious anemia latum Hymenolepis nana Adult Dwarf tapeworm Rarely symptomati Spirometra Larva Sparganosis Subcutaneous larva mansonoides Table 2.
The remaining parasites were each found in less than 4 percent of the samples: taeniids, Cryptosporidium species, Ancylostoma species, Cheyletiella species, Dipylidium caninum, Otodectes species, Toxoplasma gondii, Sarcocystis species, Demodex and Spirometra species, Alaria species and Felicola subrostratus.
Sparganosis is a parasitic infection caused by the plerocercoid larvae of the genus Spirometra.
En una de las escasas evaluaciones parasitologicas realizadas en el Peru, se ha mencionado la presencia del cestodo Spirometra mansonoides en A.
En el individuo Puma concolor y dos individuos Panthera onca, se observaron huevos operculados correspondientes al cestodo Spirometra spp.
Table 6-7 Less Common Zoonotic Cestodes Predominant Cestode Disease Signs in People Dipylidium Dipylidiosis Infection is typically caninum asymptomatic; heavy infections may cause abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, and weight loss Hymenolepis nana Hymenolepiasis Large numbers of cestodes can cause atrophy of the intestinal villi and inflammation causing abdominal pain and diarrhea Spirometra spp.