Intestinal obstruction due to Ascaris lumbricoides infection in a geriatric patient

Alfredo Chiappe G., Kovy Arteaga, Cristhian Resurrección, Marcos Ñavincopa, Eduardo Ticona

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© 2016, Sociedad Chilena de Infectologia. All rights reserved. Ascaris lumbricoides is considered the largest intestinal nematode with a higher incidence in the childhood, representing a truly medical and public health problem, principally in undeveloped countries. We present the case of an 83 year old man, born and coming from the amazon region, without any relevant previous history of disease, admitted in the emergency department of our hospital for presenting intestinal obstruction and also presumptive biliary obstruction due to multiple balls of parasites, requiring immediate surgical intervention. We emphasize the need of consider this etiologic possibility in the differential diagnosis, that in this particular case, wasn’t suspected in the first place.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)572-575
Number of pages4
JournalRevista Chilena de Infectologia
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016


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