Overt gastrointestinal bleeding because of hookworm infection

Department of Gastroenterology, Second Affiliated Hospital, ZheJiang University College of Medicine, Hangzhou 310009, Zhejiang Province, China.
Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine (Impact Factor: 0.93). 04/2012; 5(4):331-2. DOI: 10.1016/S1995-7645(12)60051-0
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Hookworm infection is a relatively common cause of anemia in endemic areas. The most common hookworm species are Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus. In this report we present a case of overt gastrointestinal bleeding because of hookworm infection. Capsule endoscopy revealed many hookworms in the lumen of proximal jejunum where active bleeding was seen. The patient was successfully treated with Albendazole.

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