ROGER S. KAUFMAN, M.D.
Tapeworm infections occur infrequently in the United States (1) and those that do appear are usually subclinical. It is even less common for tapeworm infestation to occur in a patient also suffering from diabetes mellitus, Laennec's cirrhosis, and arteriosclerotic heart disease.
The purpose of this paper is to report a case of diarrhea and protracted weight loss in a 72-year-old male, which was originally attributed to digitalis toxicity and diabetes mellitus. The patient himself furnished the diagnosis by spontaneously passing an extensive segment of Taenia saginata proglottids.
A 72-year-old white male was admitted to the Urology Service of
KAUFMAN RS. Taenia Saginata Diagnosed as Digitalis Toxicity. Ann Intern Med. ;55:679–680. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-55-4-679
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1961;55(4):679-680.
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