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Small bowel Ascaris infestation: a diagnostic challenge

Authors Khan MW, Ghauri S

Received 23 October 2015

Accepted for publication 18 February 2016

Published 26 April 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 99—101

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJGM.S98950

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Lucy Goodman

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser


Muhammad Waqas Khan, Sanniya Khan Ghauri

Section of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, WHO Collaborating Centre for Emergency Medicine and Trauma Care, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Abstract: Ascariasis is a common infestation in developing countries where there is poor hygiene. A majority of the cases are asymptomatic, with a few cases presenting with mild abdominal pain and nutritional deficiencies in the long term. Here we present a case of a young boy who presented as a diagnostic dilemma, with signs of acute intestinal obstruction without any supporting radiological evidence. A barium study revealed the presence of low-burden Ascaris infestation that was managed medically.

Keywords: partial intestinal obstruction, gastro-intestinal helminthic infection, pediatric

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