Tapeworms of Minor Medical Importance

  • Dickson D. Despommier
  • Robert W. Gwadz
  • Peter J. Hotez


Hymenolepis nana is commonly found in human populations throught the world. 1 This cyclophyllidean tapeworm was identified as a pathopen by Bilharz2 in 1852 during an autopsy of a child. It in now known to be a cosmopolitan parasite. Hymenolepis nana is small, measuring 34–45 mm in length. The adult consists of 150–200 proglottids and lives loosely attached to the wall of the small intestine.


Intermediate Host Adult Worm Pediatr Infect Gravid Proglottid Adult Flea 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dickson D. Despommier
    • 1
  • Robert W. Gwadz
    • 2
  • Peter J. Hotez
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Physicians and SurgeonsColumbia University, Presbyterian HospitalNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Laboratory of Malaria Research, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesNational Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  3. 3.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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