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Capsule Endoscopy Demonstrating Blood Sucking Hookworms as A Cause of Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding | OMICS International | Abstract
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Case Report

Capsule Endoscopy Demonstrating Blood Sucking Hookworms as A Cause of Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Varun Gupta*, Praveen Sharma, Ashish Kumar, Vikas Singla, Naresh Bansal, Ravi Daswani and Anil Arora

Institute of Liver, Gastroenterology and Pancreatico-Biliary Sciences, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

*Corresponding Author:
Varun Gupta
Institute of Liver
Gastroenterology and Pancreatico-Biliary Sciences
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
New Delhi, India
Tel: 91-9810209611
Fax: 98-615-3265361
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 15, 2017; Accepted Date: March 24, 2017; Published Date: March 27, 2017

Citation: Gupta V, Sharma P, Kumar A, Singla V, Bansal N, et al. (2017) Capsule Endoscopy Demonstrating Blood Sucking Hookworms as A Cause of Obscure Gastrointestinal Bleeding. J Infect Dis Ther 2:315. doi: 10.4172/2332-0877.1000315

Copyright: © 2017 Gupta V, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Hookworm infestation will usually present with iron deficiency anemia. In this report we present a case of obscure overt gastrointestinal bleeding occuring from last two years in a young individual, requiring 50 units of blood transfusion. He was diagnosed with hookworm infection on a capsule endoscopy, which demonstrated dancing worms buried in the mucosa of small bowel and were actively sucking blood. He was treated with a short course of mebendazole and recovered completely. Capsule endoscopy can be useful in diagnosing hookworm infection if other modalities fail.

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