A Gordius worm found in a three year old girl's vomitus

Kyu Jae Lee, Yong Tae Bae, Dong Heui Kim, Young Kun Deung, Yong Suk Ryang, Kyung Il Im, Tai Soon Yong

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Since the Gordius worm a parasite of crickets and several arthropods, cases of humans infected with this worm have been rare and accidental. A Gordius worm was obtained from a three-year-old girl who consulted a local clinic in Gwangju, Kyunggi-do, Korea. She lived in a rural area, and had eaten an insect that looked like a cricket. She expelled the worm in vomitus 15 minutes later; in fact, she expelled two worms, but one was discarded. The worm had a grayish white color and an intact outer surface. It was 16 cm in length and 0.6 cm wide. The posterior end of the worm was spirally enrolled and furcated into two caudal lobes, which were nearly cylindrical but showed a somewhat concave medioventral surface. The cloacal aperture was round and situated anterior to the point of bifurcation of the lobes. The cloacal aperture was encircled by a dark ring, which was a little removed from the aperture. The crescent fold was reddish brown, and no hairs were noticed over the entire body surface. The worm had the morphological features of a male Gordius. Accidental human cases involving the Gordius worm are rare and this is the first such case in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)557-560
Number of pages4
JournalYonsei medical journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun 30

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)


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