Fasciolopsis buski infection in a Vietnamese pregnant woman with systemic lupus erythematosus

  • Maura Fiamma University of Sassari, Italy
  • Silvia Stefania Longoni University of Sassari, Italy
  • Thi Minh Chau Ngo Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
  • Minh Triet Le Phan Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
  • Antonella Santona University of Sassari, Italy
  • Phuong An Ton Nu Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
  • Bianca Paglietti University of Sassari, Italy
Keywords: Fasciolopsis buski, Vietnam, systemic lupus erythematosus, pregnancy

Abstract

A clinical case of infection caused by Fasciolopsis buski in a 24 weeks pregnant woman from Vietnam affected by systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is reported here. On 22 February 2012 the patient was admitted to Hue Hospital in Hue, Vietnam, with a diagnosis of general illness and suspected acute anaemia. Laboratory analysis indicated possible SLE syndrome and coprological tests demonstrated the presence of F. buski eggs. During hospitalization the patient naturally eliminated the adult form in faeces suggesting the infection had already progressed at least for three months. One month after hospitalization due to the high severity of both SLE and fasciolopsiasis, a medical abortion was carried out and the following day the patient died. Even though infection due to Fasciolopsis buski is rare, this case highlights the importance of an accurate and prompt diagnosis of this infectious agent, which may have saved the foetus and mother’s lives.

Author Biographies

Maura Fiamma, University of Sassari, Italy

Department of Biomedical Science: Institute of microbiology and virology

Silvia Stefania Longoni, University of Sassari, Italy
Post doc at Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science
Thi Minh Chau Ngo, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
Department of Parasitology
Minh Triet Le Phan, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
Department of Hematology
Antonella Santona, University of Sassari, Italy
Department of Biomedical Science: Institute of microbiology and virology
Phuong An Ton Nu, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam
Department of Parasitology
Bianca Paglietti, University of Sassari, Italy
Department of Biomedical Science: Institute of microbiology and virology
Published
2015-07-04
How to Cite
1.
Fiamma M, Longoni SS, Ngo TMC, Le Phan MT, Santona A, Ton Nu PA, Paglietti B (2015) Fasciolopsis buski infection in a Vietnamese pregnant woman with systemic lupus erythematosus. J Infect Dev Ctries 9:670-673. doi: 10.3855/jidc.7017
Section
Case Reports