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Strongyloides stercoralis hyperinfection in a post-renal transplant patient

Authors Issa H, Aljama M, Al-Salem A

Published 30 November 2011 Volume 2011:4 Pages 269—271


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Hussain Issa1, Mohamad A Aljama1, Ahmed H Al-Salem2
1Department of Internal Medicine, King Fahad Specialist Hospital, 2Department of Pediatric Surgery, Maternity and Children Hospital, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Abstract: Strongyloides stercoralis is an intestinal nematode that is able to infect the host tissue and persist asymptomatic for many years through autoinfection. It causes life-threatening hyperinfection in immunocompromised hosts. This report describes a rare case of strongyloidiasis in a 40-year-old male following renal transplant, which was diagnosed by colonoscopic biopsy. The literature on the subject is also reviewed.

Keywords: Strongyloides stercoralis, hyperinfection, immunosuppression

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