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October 26, 1963

Human Infection with Termites

Author Affiliations

Hialeah, Fla.

Senior medical student, University of Miami School of Medicine and extern, Hialeah Hospital.

JAMA. 1963;186(4):426. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.63710040005018

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A SURVEY reveals that on various occasions insects have been reported in the intestinal tract of man. Fly larvae of various species have been noted in the stools of patients presumably infested with either the egg or larval stage. This is the first report of a case of the nymphal stage of termites in the stool of a patient in Miami, Fla.

Report of a Case  The patient was a 26-year-old white female housewife, reputedly in good health. Three days prior to hospital admission, she experienced mild, cramping lower-abdominal pain. The following day the pain increased in severity and two loose brown stools were noted. On the day of admission, the cramping lower-abdominal pain became very severe, and the patient had three bloody mucous stools. The patient's history revealed that she had always been constipated for varying periods of time with a week or longer between bowel movements, and that

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