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Pediatr Surg Int. 2003 Dec;19(11):740-1. Epub 2003 Dec 4.

Enterobius vermicularis and perianal sepsis in children.

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  • 1Department of Paediatric Surgery, Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital, Cornhill Road, AB25 2ZG, Aberdeen, UK,


Specific aetiological factors are responsible for a significant proportion of cases of perianal sepsis in children. A rarely implicated pathogen is Enterobius vermicularis, an obligate parasite with a ubiquitous presence in children. The authors describe two unequivocal instances of threadworm involvement in perianal sepsis, suggesting a pathophysiological basis.

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