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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 285
Intestinal parasitosis among thalassemic patients

1 Sanitation 1 Medical Academic Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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Date of Web Publication5-May-2017

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Intestinal parasitosis among thalassemic patients. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:285

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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Intestinal parasitosis among thalassemic patients. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Feb 25];10:285. Available from:
Dear Sir,

The intestinal parasitosis is an important clinical problem. It is common in many tropical countries. Poor immune status and chronic illness is the important underlying factors for intestinal parasitosis.[1] Here, the authors report the prevalence of intestinal parasitosis among 58 thalassemic patients. The intestinal parasitosis can be seen in 14 cases (24.1%). Focusing on detail, there are 8 hookworm infestations, 4 opisthorchiasis cases, and 2 ascariasis cases. Of interest, thalassemic patient is common in Southeast Asia where the intestinal parasitosis is also endemic. There has never been previous reports on the prevalence of intestinal parasitosis among patients with thalassemia. The impaired immune function in thalassemia is mentioned.[2] Hence, it is recommended that the routine stool examination for early detection of intestinal parasitosis for the thalassemic patient is needed. In infested case, prompt treatment is recommended.

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Tomar BS. Intestinal infections. Indian J Pediatr 2001;68(Suppl 3): S8-18.   Back to cited text no. 1
Neri A, Callea V, D'Ascola DG, Martino B. Immune status in thalassemia major. Haematologica 1986;71:511-6.  Back to cited text no. 2

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.205576

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