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Title: Capillariasis: Chronic watery diarrhea - Not only from microorganisms
Authors: Teera Kusolsuk
Weerapong Phumratanaprapin
Kirana Paohintung
Somchit Pubampen
Surapol Sa-Nguankiat
Supaporn Nuamtanong
Tipayarat Yoonuan
Malinee Thairungroj Anantaphruti
Chalit Komalamisra
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2008
Citation: Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.39, No.6 (2008), 1000-1004
Abstract: A 54-year-old male Thai patient from Prachin Buri Province presented with a history of chronic watery diarrhea for many years. He passed stool five to ten times per day with occasionally colicky pain, abdominal distension, nausea and vomiting. He had visited hospitals and private clinics and received treatment but with no improvement. He presented to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Bangkok, Thailand, where on physical examination, he had moderate dehydration, weakness, abdominal distension and a gurgling abdomen. The eggs, larvae and adult worms of Capillaria philippinensis were found on stool examination. The patient was admitted and treated with Mebendazole for 20 days, whereupon his symptoms resolved. Two months previously, he had ingested a raw small fresh-water fish dish called "Phra-Pla Siw/Soi". Small fresh-water fish near the patient's home were collected and examined for Capillaria philippinensis larva. The results were negative for parasitic organisms.
ISSN: 01251562
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2006-2010

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