Taxonomy: f. Diphyllobothriidae
Animal: Spirometra mansonoides 4 06.jpg
Sites: Subcutaneous Tissues
Spirometra mansonoides larva, commonly called spargana - whole mount. This was found in the breast of a 70 year old female who had lived in Malaysia, they were ivory white ribbons with the anterior end suggestive of vertical grooves (i.e. bothria, but not suckers or hooklets as would be seen in cysticercus) up to several cms long but this specimen was a early larval stage. Human infection can occur by ingesting infected Cyclops spp. containing procercoid stage or ingesting (or applying to skin) raw infected second intermediate hosts, fish, snakes amphibians or mammals.
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