Ascariasis is a disease caused by the parasitic roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides. Infections have no symptoms in more than 85% of cases, especially if the. We are reporting a case of gall bladder ascariasis causing acute cholecystitis treated by laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Presence of Ascaris lumbricoides in. 1 Aug The public health importance of Ascaris lumbricoides. P. O’LORCAIN and C. V. HOLLAND*. Department of Zoology, Trinity College, Dublin 2.

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Rarely it migrates through the ampulla of vater and enters the common bile duct. Author information Article notes Copyright and License information Disclaimer. Secernentea Spiruria Camallanida Dracunculus medinensis Dracunculiasis. Whipworm An estimated million people in the world are infected with whipworm.

Conservative treatment usually fails in the presence of a dead worm, concomitant stones or stricture which prevents the returning of worm to the duodenum, requiring a cholecystectomy or CBD exploration.

Archived PDF from the original on More than A. However they can rarely cause bowel perforations by inducing volvulus and closed loop obstruction. Fertilized eggs of A. This can happen when hands or fingers that have contaminated dirt on them are put in the mouth, or by consuming vegetables or fruits that have not been carefully cooked, washed, or peeled.

Elsevier Science Pub Co. Worm extraction and biliary drainage in hepatobiliary and pancreatic ascariasis. Adult worms have a lifespan of 1—2 years lumbricpides means that individuals may be infected all their lives as worms die and new worms are acquired.


Surg Laparosc Endosc Percutan Tech. Prevention is by improved sanitationwhich includes improving access to toilets and proper disposal of feces. There are generally few or no symptoms. It prevents migration when treatment is accomplished with weak drugs such as thiabendazole. As larval stages travel through the body, they may cause visceral damage, peritonitis and inflammationenlargement of the liver or spleenand an inflammation of the lungs.

Other symptoms such as cough are due to migration of the worms through the body. Biliary ascariasis may be complicated or uncomplicated.

Ascariasis cholecystitis: An unusual cause

One kind of hookworm Anclostoma duodenale can also be transmitted through the ingestion of larvae. Retrieved 9 November Ascarishookworm, and whipworm are parasitic worms known as soil-transmitted helminths STH. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU. If symptoms do occur they can be light and include abdominal discomfort.

Usually the adult worm lives in the small intestine. Archived from the original on 4 December Infectious eggs may occur on lumbricokdes objects such as hands, money and furniture. Together, they account for a major burden of disease worldwide.

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Department of General Surgery, K. Ascariasis and its public health significance.

In populations where worm infections are wide-spread, it is common to find that most people are infected by a small number of worms, while a small number of people are heavily infected. Recommend on Facebook Tweet Share Compartir. The worm persisted in the gall bladder with no evidence of worm in CBD. Biliary ascariasis as a cause of post-cholecystectomy syndrome in an endemic area. Hegde Medical Academy, Mangalore, India. Heavy infections can cause a range of health problems, including abdominal pain, diarrhea, blood and protein loss, rectal prolapse, and physical and cognitive growth retardation.


It is rare for the infections to be life-threatening.


Transmission comes through municipal recycling of wastewater into crop fields. Diagnosis of biliary ascariasis can be established by hepatobiliary ultrasonography, CT scan. The final symptoms are gastrointestinal discomfort, colic and vomiting, fever, and observation of live worms in stools. The established treatments for biliary ascariasis are antihelminthic drug lumbriciides, endoscopic extraction, and lumbricoidfs extraction. Histopathology revealed features of eosinophilic cholecystitis.

January 10, Page last updated: With a diagnosis of acalculous cholecystitis, she was treated with intravenous ceftriaxone and metronidazole. February 15, Page last updated: Global Health — Division of Parasitic Diseases.

She was evaluated by ultrasound abdomen and Lumbricoidew scan. Please review our privacy policy. A bolus of worms may obstruct the intestine; migrating larvae may cause pneumonitis and eosinophilia.

If an infected person defecates outside near bushes, in a garden, or field or if the feces of an infected person are used as fertilizer, eggs are deposited on soil.

Although intestinal and bile duct ascariasis is common, A. Fasciolopsis buski Fasciolopsiasis Metagonimus yokagawai Metagonimiasis Heterophyes heterophyes Heterophyiasis.

The first appearance of eggs in stools is 60—70 days. Specimen of the GB revealed a dead A.