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Diagnosis

The infection is usually diagnosed by identification of Paragonimus eggs in sputum. The eggs are sometimes found in stool samples (coughed-up eggs are swallowed). A tissue biopsy is sometimes performed to look for eggs in a tissue specimen.

Specific and sensitive antibody tests based on P. westermani antigens are available through CDC, and serologic tests using a variety of techniques are available through commercial laboratories.

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  • Page last reviewed: January 10, 2013
  • Page last updated: January 10, 2013
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    • Global Health - Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria
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