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Title: A young man with bowel obstruction and cachexia.
Authors: Pavlidis, P
Riley, C
Mylona, E
Vijaynagar, B
First Published: 2009
Citation: BMJ CASE REP, 2009, 2009
Abstract: A young man from Jamaica was admitted with cachexia, postprandial epigastric pain and vomiting. His abdominal examination revealed a soft abdomen with hyperactive bowel sounds, the laboratory investigations showed mild anaemia and hypoalbuminaemia, and abdominal x ray showed dilated and oedematous bowel loops. A duodenal biopsy revealed larvae and eggs in the epithelium consisted with Strongyloides infection. In retrospect the patient was found to be HTLV-1 positive. Helminthic infections can present with bowel obstruction even in the absence of eosinophilia or diarrhoea, and should be considered in patients with the appropriate epidemiological background.
DOI Link: 10.1136/bcr.07.2008.0499
eISSN: 1757-790X
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Cardiovascular Sciences

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