alexa Hymenolepis nana Human Diagnosed through Colonoscopy: A Case Report
ISSN: 2155-9597

Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology
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Case Report

Hymenolepis nana Human Diagnosed through Colonoscopy: A Case Report

Ibrahim M Alruzug1*, Mousa M Khormi1 and Ibraheem K Alhanoot2

1Consultant Gastroenterologist, King Saud Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

2Consultant Gastroenterologist, King Fahad Hospital, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

*Corresponding Author:
Ibrahim M Alruzug
Consultant Gastroenterologist
King Saud Medical City, Riyadh 12746, Saudi Arabia
Tel: +2348033662485
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: February 17, 2016; Accepted Date: March 04, 2016; Published Date: March 10, 2016

Citation: Alruzug IM, Khormi MM, Alhanoot IK (2016) Hymenolepis nana Human Diagnosed through Colonoscopy: A Case Report. J Bacteriol Parasitol 7:265. doi: 10.4172/2155-9597.1000265

Copyright: © 2016 Alruzug IM, 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.



Hymenolepis nana infestation is commonly diagnosed in school-aged children and very rarely reported in adults patients in Saudi Arabia. We encountered an adult Saudi patient with a H. nana infection. The patient presented with a chronic history of vague abdominal pain and diarrhoea. He had negative laboratory examinations as well as a negative report on stool sample analysis. After misdiagnosis of his symptoms as Irritable Bowel Syndrome and failed treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome, he was readmitted to hospital. After thorough but negative physical, systemic and laboratory examinations, and stool sample microscopy, the patient underwent careful ileo-colonoscopy. He was found to have a H. nana infestation and after treatment with praziquantel, his symptoms were resolved. Our study supports the view that colonoscopy, with careful examination of intestinal mucosa, is a useful diagnostic approach for patients with parasitic infections and negative stool examinations.


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