Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 130–132

Parasitic diseases in the abdomen: imaging findings


DOI: 10.1007/s00261-007-9323-0

Cite this article as:
Lim, J.H. Abdom Imaging (2008) 33: 130. doi:10.1007/s00261-007-9323-0


Parasitic diseases of the liver and biliary tract include echinococcosis, schistosomiasis, toxocariasis, clonorchiasis, and opisthorchiasis, affecting millions people in some endemic areas. Amebiasis and ascariasis are believed to be the most common bowel lumen indwelling parasitic diseases, affecting billions people worldwide, but sometimes these parasites migrate inadvertently to the liver and biliary tract, resulting in liver abscess or obstructive jaundice. Imaging findings of these parasitic diseases are fairly characteristic and easy to recognize if radiologists are aware of the findings, especially in endemic areas. Because of increased immigration and frequent travelling, some patients with “exotic” parasitic diseases may be encountered in non-endemic areas, and the diagnosis may be delayed or difficult, and it is often made only after operation. This feature section was designed to provide the detailed imaging features of common parasitic diseases affecting the abdominal organs and peritoneal cavity, based on pathology-image correlation.


Parasites Schistosomiasis Echinococcosis Amebiasis Toxocariasis Clonorchiasis Opisthorchiasis Ascariasis Anisakiasis 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology and Center for Imaging Science, Samsung Medical CenterSungkyunkwan University School of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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