© 2009 by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Paragonimus are accidentally consumed by a human host. The adult Paragonimus (or lung fluke) commonly localizes to the bronchioles after ingestion. While pulmonary involvement is the most common clinical complication of infection, the disease is often asymptomatic. When manifested by pleuritic chest pain and hemoptysis, pulmonary paragonimiasis may mimic the clinical presentation of tuberculosis in countries where both diseases are endemic. A careful epidemiologic history and a high clinical suspicion for diagnosis are necessary when considering paragonimiasis in a patient with suspected pulmonary disease.
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