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Intestinal schistosomiasis presenting as large bowel perforation in an HIV-positive individual

Authors Cadwallader, Shabalala N, Thirsk

Published 29 July 2011 Volume 2011:2 Pages 105—107


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RA Cadwallader, N Shabalala, I Thirsk
Ngwelezana Hospital, Empangeni, South Africa

Abstract: Endemic to over 70 countries and resulting in 200 million infected individuals and 500,000 deaths each year, the Schistosoma trematode worm can result in multisystem morbidity. Bowel obstruction secondary to this parasite has previously been described, but we report the first case of schistosomiasis affecting the sigmoid colon and resulting in perforation in a male positive for human immunodeficiency virus.

Keywords: large bowel obstruction, large bowel perforation, schistosomiasis, bowel resection

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