alexa Intestinal helminthic infections diagnosed by colonoscopy in a regional hospital during 2001-2008.
Microbiology

Microbiology

Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology

Author(s): KyongRock Do, YoungSeok Cho, HyungKeun Kim, ByungHee Hwang, EunJung Shin

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The present study investigated characteristics of 24 parasite infection cases detected during colonoscopy in a regional hospital from January 2001 to December 2008. Sixteen patients were confirmed with Trichuris trichiura infection, 6 patients were with Ascaris lumbricoides infection, 1 patient with Enterobius vermicularis infection, and 1 patient with Anisakis infection. Among them, 7 patients (43.8%) were asymptomatic. Colonoscopy findings were normal in 18 patients (75.0%). Among the patients with T. trichiura infection, colonoscopy showed several erosions in 2 patients (8.3%) and non-specific inflammation of the affected segment of the colon in 3 patients (12.5%). In 1 patient with anisakiasis, colonoscopy revealed a markedly swollen colonic wall. Stool examinations were performed before treatment in 7 patients (29.2%) and were all negative for parasite eggs or worms. These results suggest that colonoscopy is a useful diagnostic approach for parasitic infections even for asymptomatic patients and for patients with negative stool examinations.

This article was published in Korean Journal of Parasitology and referenced in Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology

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