New Paper: A Case of Ectopic Paragonimiasis in a 17th Century Korean Mummy

Our paper, "A Case of Ectopic Paragonimiasis in a 17th Century Korean Mummy" (Dong Hoon Shin, Yi-Suk Kim, Dong Soo Yoo, Myeung Ju Kim, Chang Seok Oh, Jong Ha Hong, Eunju Lee, Jong Yil Chai, Min Seo) is published in Journal of Parasitology.

http://www.journalofparasitology.org/doi/10.1645/16-63?code=asp-siteArchaeoparasitological studies on fossilized feces obtained from Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910 CE) mummies have provided invaluable data on the patterns of parasitic infection in pre-modern Korean societies. In our recent radiological investigation of a 17th century Joseon mummy discovered in Cheongdo (South Korea), we located a liver mass just below the diaphragm. Anatomical dissection confirmed the presence of a mass of unknown etiology. A subsequent parasitological examination of a sample of the mass revealed a large number of ancient Paragonimus sp. eggs, making the current report the first archaeoparasitological case of liver abscess caused by ectopic paragonimiasis.

This publication is highlighted by NEW SCIENTISTS:
"Mummy autopsy reveals earliest known case of liver parasite"







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