Protozoal and Helminthic Diseases of the Liver and Biliary Tract

  • L. C. Da Silva
  • P. P. Chieffi
  • F. J. Carrilho


While there are a great number of parasitoses which can affect the liver throughout the world, certain protozoal and helminthic diseases deserve particular attention, especially in underdeveloped countries. Among the protozoal diseases, some involve primarily the liver parenchyma (e.g., amebiasis) whereas others are responsible for diffuse reticuloendothelial involvement (malaria and kala-azar). As to the helminthic diseases, some produce obstructive biliary lesions (ascariasis and liver fluke diseases, including fascioliasis, clonorchiasis and opisthorchiasis), whereas others cause obstructive vascular lesions (schistosomiasis). Parenchymal lesions may appear as cystic (hydatidosis) or granulomatous (toxocariasis, capillariasis, and strongyloidiasis). Finally, some helminths produce combined cystic and granulomatous lesions [1].


Common Bile Duct Biliary Tract Visceral Leishmaniasis Hydatid Cyst Sclerosing Cholangitis 
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