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An unpleasant souvenir: Endoscopic finding of Trichuris trichiura (Nematoda: Trichuridae).

Authors
  • Peradotto, Marco1
  • Rolle, Emanuela2
  • Zaccaria, Teresa3
  • Cavallero, Serena4
  • Bondi, Alessandro3
  • Bottino, Paolo3
  • De Angelis, Claudio2
  • D'Amelio, Stefano4
  • Saracco, Giorgio Maria2
  • Cavallo, Rossana3
  • 1 Microbiology and Virology U, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, University of Turin, Italy. Electronic address: [email protected] , (Italy)
  • 2 Gastroenterology U, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, University of Turin, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 3 Microbiology and Virology U, Città della Salute e della Scienza di Torino, University of Turin, Italy. , (Italy)
  • 4 Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy. , (Italy)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Parasitology international
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2021
Volume
80
Pages
102220–102220
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.parint.2020.102220
PMID: 33137503
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Whipworms are responsible for up to 500 million cases of trichuriasis worldwide, with higher endemicity in tropical and sub-tropical countries. In non-endemic countries, trichuriasis can be accidentally diagnosed upon colonoscopy, often in the presence of negative microscopy. Here, we describe an incidental diagnosis of trichuriasis in an HIV patient residing in a non-endemic area (i.e., Turin, Italy), six months after his return from Antigua. The species-level diagnosis was made thanks to PCR-based molecular identification of Trichuris sp. following optical microscopy detection. Overall, this case highlights the importance of improving parasitic diseases diagnosis through cutting-edge clinical and laboratory diagnostic tools alongside advanced training of specialists in the area of parasitology. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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