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The usefulness of ultrasound diagnosis specifically in taeniasis
  1. M T Galán-Puchades,
  2. M V Fuentes
  1. Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
  1. Dr M T Galán-Puchades, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain; mteresa.galan{at}

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In a recent issue of Gut, van Beurden et al showed the usefulness of ultrasound in the diagnosis of intestinal worms in a case of human taeniasis (Gut 2008;57:515 and 524). The examination was even more sensitive than the stool analysis, which remained negative. However, and specifically in the case of human taeniasis, ultrasound techniques might have a double diagnostic advantage: the detection of the intestinal adult tapeworm as well as the search of the presence of extraintestinal Taenia larval stages in the same patient.

Human taeniasis caused by pig (Taenia solium) or cattle (T saginata …

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