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An Unusual Case of Acute Abdomen: Intestinal Ascariasis: Case Report and Literature Review

Ashaur Azhar1 and Rebecca Ann Lillis1
  • 1 Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, United States

Abstract

Ascariasis is uncommon in United States of America but can be seen in immigrants and travelers. It can present with intestinal complications. We present a case of acute suppurative appendicitis with bowel perforation. Interestingly and unexpected, worms were palpated in the intestine in the operating room. Later, an adult Ascaris worm was identified in nasogastric tube canister. During hospitalization, a contrast-based computed tomographic scan revealed impressive finding of contrast filling defects in stomach and small intestine of the patient indicating the adult worms. The patient was treated with Ivermectin.

American Journal of Infectious Diseases
Volume 15 No. 4, 2019, 99-102

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajidsp.2019.99.102

Submitted On: 29 September 2019 Published On: 14 November 2019

How to Cite: Azhar, A. & Lillis, R. A. (2019). An Unusual Case of Acute Abdomen: Intestinal Ascariasis: Case Report and Literature Review. American Journal of Infectious Diseases, 15(4), 99-102. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajidsp.2019.99.102

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Keywords

  • Ascaris
  • Ascariasis
  • Round Worm
  • Nematode
  • Acute Appendicitis