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paragonimiasis

 [par″ah-gon″ĭ-mi´ah-sis]
infection with flukes of the genus Paragonimus.

par·a·gon·i·mi·a·sis

(par'ă-gon'i-mī'ă-sis),
Infection with a worm of the genus Paragonimus, especially P. westermani.

paragonimiasis

/par·a·gon·i·mi·a·sis/ (-gon´ĭ-mi´ah-sis) infection with flukes of the genus Paragonimus.

paragonimiasis

[per′əgon′imī′əsis]
Etymology: Gk, para + gonimos, generative, iasis, condition
chronic infection by the lung fluke Paragonimus westermani, occurring most commonly in Asia. It is characterized by hemoptysis, bronchitis, and occasionally abdominal masses; pain and diarrhea; ocular pathological conditions; cerebral involvement with paralysis; or seizures. The disease is acquired by ingesting cysts in infected freshwater crabs or crayfish, the intermediate hosts. Praziquantel given orally is the usual treatment. Adequate cooking of shellfish prevents the disease.
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Paragonimus westermani egg

paragonimiasis

Infection, usually of the lungs, with the fluke parasite Paragonimus westermani usually acquired by eating raw crabs or crayfish. The condition is commonest in south-east Asia.

par·a·gon·i·mi·a·sis

(par'ă-gon'i-mī'ă-sis)
Infection with a worm of the genus Paragonimus, especially P. westermani.

paragonimiasis

infection with lung flukes of the genus Paragonimus. Characterized by lethargy, cough, dyspnea. On autopsy there is an eosinophilic peritonitis, pleurisy and myositis, and a chronic bronchitis and granulomatous pneumonia.
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