Small bowel ascariasis: A rare clinical entity in United States

Puneet Singh Kochar, Priti Soin, Pranav Sharma, Pradeep Goyal, Gunjan Garg, Rami Sulaiman, Melkamu Adeb

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Intestinal ascariasis is a helminthic disease which is uncommon in the United States; however, it is extremely prevalent in developing countries. It is caused by a helminth, Ascaris lumbricoides. Diagnosis of intestinal ascariasis can be made by ultrasound and has a characteristic appearance in the appropriate clinical setting. Sonographic signs for identification include target sign, triple-line sign, and four-line sign. Usually there is a history of travel or the patient maybe an immigrant. Small bowel obstruction is the most common complication, which needs surgical intervention. We report a rare case of small bowel ascariasis diagnosed with ultrasound in our practice in Connecticut.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-467
Number of pages5
JournalConnecticut medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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