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Opisthorchis viverrini

Wednesday 28 June 2017


Definition: Opisthorchis viverrini, common name Southeast Asian liver fluke, is a food-borne trematode parasite from the family Opisthorchiidae that attacks the area of the bile duct.

Infection is acquired when people ingest raw or undercooked fish.

Infection with the parasite is called opisthorchiasis. O. viverrini infection also predisposes the infected for cholangiocarcinoma, a cancer of the bile ducts.

Open references

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