E-ISSN 2146-3077
Original Article
The Effects of Intestinal Parasites on Anemia of Children
1 Harran Üniversitesi Sağlık Hizmetleri Meslek Yüksek Okulu, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye  
2 Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye  
3 Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Halk Sağlığı Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye  
4 Harran Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi, Çocuk Hastalıkları Anabilim Dalı, Şanlıurfa, Türkiye  
Turkiye Parazitol Derg 2014; 38: 85-90
DOI: 10.5152/tpd.2014.3149
Key Words: Parasitic intestinal diseases, anemia, hemoglobin level, children aged 0-72 months old
Abstract

Objective: In this case-control epidemiological study, we aimed to investigate the effects of intestinal parasites on the anemia of children and show the association between intestinal parasites and anemia.

 

Methods: A total of 50 healthy and 50 malnourished children aged 0-72 months who went to physicians of Tilfindir Primary Health Care Center were enrolled in this study. The stool specimens were examined by using native-lugol, concentration, cellophane tape, and acid fast and trichrome staining methods. The complete blood count was measured by an automatic blood device.

 

Results: A total of 58% of the children were infected with intestinal parasites; 55.2% of these were infected with only one parasite, and 44.8% of them were infected with polyparasites. Also, 50.0% of the children with parasitic infection and 19.0% of children without parasitic infection were anemic. There was a positive association between intestinal parasites and anemia statistically (p<0.05). The mean hemoglobin level of the children with parasitic infection was 11.15±1.30, and the mean hemoglobin level of the children without parasitic infection was 12.13±1.47. There was a significant difference between mean hemoglobin levels of the two groups statistically (p<0.001).

 

Conclusion: Consequently, this study emphasized that intestinal parasites can affect the anemia of children adversely, and there was a positive association between intestinal parasites and anemia of children. 

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