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Does the Intestinal Parasite Enterobius vermicularis Cause Acute Appendicitis?
1 Amasya Üniversitesi, Sabuncuoğlu Şerefeddin Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Genel Cerrahi Bölümü, Amasya, Türkiye  
2 Amasya Üniversitesi, Sabuncuoğlu Şerefeddin Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Tıbbi Patoloji Bölümü, Amasya, Türkiye  
3 Amasya Üniversitesi, Sabuncuoğlu Şerefeddin Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Bölümü, Amasya, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2017; 41: 76-79
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2017.4605
Key Words: Acute appendicitis, pinworm infections, Enterobius
Abstract

Objective: Although intestinal parasitic infections rarely cause acute appendicitis, they are common public health problems in undeveloped and developing countries. Parasitic infections should be kept in mind in patients clinically suspected of having acute appendicitis, and treatment procedures should be adopted according to the etiology.

 

Methods: Herein we presented the cases of four patients with clinical findings of acute appendicitis. Patients were clinically suspected of having acute appendicitis, and Enterobius vermicularis was detected in the pathological examinations of specimens. Pinworm infections are common parasitic infections that may mimic appendicitis. 

 

Results: The pathology of the four cases was noted when the file of 186 patients aged between 4 and 72 years who underwent surgery for acute appendicitis in my hospital was retrospectively reviewed. When the appendectomy specimen was examined histopathologically it was understood that acute appendicitis was caused by Enterobius vermicularis parasite.

 

Conclusion: In Enterobius infections, performing systemic therapy for patients and their family members is sufficient. To prevent unnecessary appendectomy, this type of infection should be made to ask in the history and clinical findings of patients.

 

Cite this article as: Pirhan Y, Özen FZ, Kılınç Ç, Güçkan R. Bağırsak Paraziti “Enterobius vermicularis” Akut Apandisit Sebebi midir? Türkiye Parazitol Derg 2017; 41: 76-9.

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