An imported human case of hookworm infection with worms in the rectum

Taisoon Yong, H. J. Shin, K. I. Im, W. H. Kim

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Abstract

An imported case of rectal hookworm infection was diagnosed by stool examination and recovery of adult worms from the rectal mucosa by sigmoidoscopy. The chief complaints of a patient were diarrhea, abdominal pain and weight loss for about 1 month after returning from his travel abroad to the Southeast Asia. Leukocytosis(16,750/microliters) and peripheral eosinophilia(33.7%) were noticed without anemia. Typical hookworm eggs were detected by stool examination, and 3 worms were collected by sigmoidoscopy from rectal mucosa of this patient. Those worms were confirmed as adult worms of Ancylostoma duodenale(male:1, female:2) based on their morphological characteristics. The symptoms were relieved after treatment with anthelmintics. This case was considered as one of the imported parasitic infections in Korea, and a rare case of hookworm infection on human rectal mucosa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-62
Number of pages4
JournalKisaengch'unghak chapchi. The Korean journal of parasitology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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