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Rare disease
Dipylidium caninum infection
  1. Raúl Romero Cabello1,2,
  2. Aurora Candil Ruiz3,
  3. Raul Romero Feregrino2,
  4. Leticia Calderón Romero3,
  5. Rodrigo Romero Feregrino2,
  6. Jorge Tay Zavala3
  1. 1Department of Infectology, Hospital General de México, Mexico City, Mexico D.F., Mexico
  2. 2Department of Infectology, Instituto para el Desarrollo Integral de la Salud, Mexico City, Mexico D.F., Mexico
  3. 3Department of Parasitology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico D.F., Mexico
  1. Correspondence to Dr Raul Romero Feregrino, drraulromeroferegrino{at}


Dipylidium caninum is a cestode that requires from the participation of an arthropod in its life cycle. This parasitosis occurs in dogs and cats, and occasionally in human beings. Human cases of D caninum infection have been reported in Europe, Philippines, China, Japan, Latin America and the United States; mostly children, one third of them being infants under 6 months old. The diagnosis of this disease is done by the parasitological study of the feces, observing the characteristics of the gravid proglottids. The treatment is performed by administering broad-spectrum anthelmintics. The authors report a case of a rare infection in a Mexican child.

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