Send to

Choose Destination
Pediatr Surg Int. 2001 Jul;17(5-6):403-5.

Clinical appraisal of Ascaris lumbricoides, with special reference to surgical complications.

Author information

Department of Pediatric Surgery, Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research & SSKM Hospital, Calcutta, India.


Over a period of 4 years (January 1993-December 1997), 509 patients were treated for abdominal colic with or without intestinal obstruction and a history of passage of adult roundworms either in the stool or in vomitus. All patients were below the age of 10 years, the youngest 6 months old, and were treated successfully with antispasmodics and normal saline enemas. When the pain subsided, an anthelminthic drug was given. Of 209 patients admitted to the hospital, 105 responded to conservative management and 104 (50%) required surgical intervention. The procedures included squeezing out of worms, resection and anastomosis, and treatment of other pathologies like acute appendicitis, tubercular stricture of the small intenstine, etc. Five patients died in the postoperative period due to various complications. There were no deaths among those treated by conservative management. Early recognition of the condition can prevent serious surgical complications and morbidity.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center