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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1992;26(4): 411-413.
Fibrocalcific Nodule in the Liver Capsule Caused by Ascaris Eggs: A case report.
Yeon Lim Suh, So Young Park, Je G Chi
1Department of Pathology, Inje University Seoul Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Pathology, Seoul National Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
Ascariasis is probably the most common helminthic infestation of man, but it seldom causes severe illness. Pathologic conditions of Ascaris may be caused by adult worms, eggs or larvae. We describe a case of Ascaris egg granulomas that were found incidentally on the surface of the liver in a 75-year-old woman who had undergone a segmentectomy for an intrahepatic stone. Grossly, there were several yellowish calcific nodules of 0.4 cm in diameter on the lateral surface of the left lobe of the liver. Microscopically, the lesions were located in the hepatic capsule and consisted of fibrocalific nodules with many eggs. The eggs were round to oval, thick-shelled and measured 50~75x30~50 um. Most of the morphologically preserved eggs were fertilized eggs, but they had smooth shells without external protein coats. This case is of interest for the unusual location of the lesion, the presence of eggs without mammillation, and the association with the intrahepatic stone.
Key Words: Ascaris lumbricoides; Egg granuloma; Liver; Intrahepatic stone; Parasite; Liver capsule