Encyclopedia of Parasitology

2016 Edition
| Editors: Heinz Mehlhorn

Sarcocystis Species: Humans as Intermediate Hosts

  • Heinz MehlhornEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-43978-4_4489

Sarcocystis lindemanni


From the Greek word sarx meaning meat and flesh and kystos meaning cyst. The species name honors the German physician C. Lindemann, who – in the service of the Russian Emperor – described in 1863 tissue cysts in the muscles of humans.

Geographic Distribution/Epidemiology

Worldwide; similar looking tissue cysts occur mostly in small numbers (Fig. 1) in the muscles of humans and monkeys.
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Further Readings

  1. Lindemann C (1863) Psorospermes chez l’homme. Bull SocImpériale Naturalistes Moscow 36:425–436Google Scholar
  2. Mehlhorn H, Heydorn AO (1978) Thesarcosporidia: fine structure and life cycle. Adv Parasitol 16:43–92PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut für ZoomorphologieZellbiologie und Parasitologie, Heinrich-Heine-UniversitätDüsseldorfGermany