Parasitology Research

, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 969–979 | Cite as

Capillaria hepatica in man—an overview of hepatic capillariosis and spurious infections

  • Hans-Peter Fuehrer
  • Petra Igel
  • Herbert AuerEmail author


Capillaria hepatica (syn. for Calodium hepaticum) is a zoonotic nematode parasitizing in the livers of rodents as main hosts and in numerous other mammals including humans. It is the causative agent of the rare conditions of hepatic capillariosis and spurious C. hepatica infections in humans. In this review, 163 reported cases of infestations with this parasite (72 reports of hepatic capillariosis, 13 serologically confirmed infestations and 78 observations of spurious infections) are summarized with an overview on the distribution, symptoms, pathology, diagnosis, serology and therapy of this rare human pathogen.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Peter Fuehrer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Petra Igel
    • 2
    • 3
  • Herbert Auer
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of Specific Prophylaxis and Tropical Medicine, Center for Pathophysiology, Infectiology and ImmunologyMedical University of ViennaViennaAustria
  2. 2.MARIB, Malaria Research Initiative BandarbanBandarbanBangladesh
  3. 3.Department of Pathobiology, Institute of ParasitologyUniversity of Veterinary Medicine ViennaViennaAustria

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