Case Report: Three Cases of Intestinal Capillariasis in Lao People's Democratic Republic

Title
Case Report: Three Cases of Intestinal Capillariasis in Lao People's Democratic Republic
Authors
Soukhathammavong, Phonepasong; Sayasone, Somphou; Harimanana, Aina Nirina; Akkhavong, Aphonethip; Thammasack, Sivilay; Phoumindr, Niranh; Choumlivong, Khamloun; Choumlivong, Khamla; Keoluangkhot, Valy; Phongmany, Simmaly; Akkhavong, Kongsap; Hatz, Christoph; Strobel, Michel; Odermatt, Peter
Keywords
PHILIPPINENSIS, EGYPT
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE
Citation
AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE; vol.79 issue 5
Abstract
Capillaria philippinensis is a rare zoonotic intestinal parasite that emerged in the 1960s. The outcome of intestinal capillariasis may be fatal if untreated in due time. We report three cases of intestinal capillariasis in Lao People's Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). The three patients were unrelated previously healthy young men (24, 26, and 27 years of age) with no underlying disease or immune depression. They had chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain, edema, and severe weight loss. Two of them acquired the infection in Thailand; the other patient had no travel history outside Lao PDR. All patients were seen several times in different hospitals before the diagnosis was made. All had concurrent parasite infections: Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, Strongyloides stercoralis, Opisthorchis viverrini, and hook-worm. The patients frequently consumed uncooked fish. After treatment with albendazole (400 mg/day for 21-30 days) all patients recovered. In Lao PDR, consumption of raw small freshwater fish is common. Therefore, the possibility of a capillariasis outbreak should he considered.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/11267/2190
ISSN
0002-9637
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