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Case Report: Hookworm Infection in a Patient with Severe Anemia
1 Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Parazitoloji Anabilim Dalı, Van, Türkiye  
2 Dicle Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi , Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Diyarbakır, Türkiye  
3 Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Gastroenteroloji Bilim Dalı, Van, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2009; 33: 182-184

Key Words: Hookworm, Severe Anemia, Human, Van

In this study, a patient who was hospitalized with a severe anemia in the Internal Medicine Clinic of the Health Research and Application Hospital of Yüzüncü Yıl University for one week is presented. The patient had fatigue, paleness and dizziness for one month and approximately 12 kg weight lost for four mounts previous to admission.. Severe iron deficiency anemia was diagnosed in the patient by laboratory analyses. Because there were no hematologic factors associated with severe anemia, the stool examination was also performed. In the Parasitology Laboratory, stool microscopy of the patient revealed numerous ova of hookworm. General condition of the patient well improved with anti-parasitic and anti-anemia treatment. It was concluded that patients with iron deficiency anemia diagnosed in health centers should be also examined for the intestinal parasitic diseases encountered rarely, and physicians should consider non-endemic parasitic diseases in their provinces.  

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