Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1830-

When a patient complains for passing of worm in stool: How about the reliability?


Won Sriwijitalai1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 RVT Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, China

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Won Sriwijitalai
RVT Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. When a patient complains for passing of worm in stool: How about the reliability?.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1830-1830


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Sriwijitalai W, Wiwanitkit V. When a patient complains for passing of worm in stool: How about the reliability?. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Dec 7 ];10:1830-1830
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Dear Editor,

Intestinal worm infestation is very common in tropical world [1] An important clinical presentation of intestinal worm infestation is passing of parasite in the stool.[2] Often, the patients complain for passing worm in the stools. However, the concern is the reliability of this complaint. Here, the authors review the laboratory examination results of suspected samples derived from the patients with complaint of passing “worm” in the stools and brought that “worm” to visit the physician. Based on the 5-year-period record, there are 35 cases and the results of examination show the final diagnosis of worm in only five cases (three proglottids of Taenia spp. and two adult worms of Ascaris spp.). It can be seen that only 14.3% of the complaints are the actual intestinal worm problems. Hence, to make the final diagnosis for any cases complaining for passing “worm in the stools, the good diagnosis by standard laboratory methods are required before any clinical management.

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References

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2Mishra PK, Agrawal A, Joshi M, Sanghvi B, Shah H, Parelkar SV, et al. Intestinal obstruction in children due to Ascariasis: a tertiary health centre experience. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2008;5:65-70.