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February 6, 1932

ASCARIASIS: SOME SURGICAL AND ROENTGENOLOGIC ASPECTS

Author Affiliations

UNIVERSITY, VA.

From the Department of Surgery and Gynecology and the Department of Roentgenology, University of Virginia.

JAMA. 1932;98(6):473-476. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320033007
Abstract

Several cases in which intestinal ascariasis had simulated acute surgical diseases of the abdomen, especially appendicitis, were encountered recently at the University of Virginia Hospital. Concurrently, during a routine roentgenologic examination of the gastro-intestinal tract, it was discovered by one of us1 that ascarids in the lumen of the intestine were depicted in the roentgenograms. After some experimentation, it was found that roentgenograms made at certain intervals offered a relatively accurate means of determining the presence of the parasites.

We were led to study, therefore, the histories of all patients admitted to this hospital during the five year period between 1925 and 1930 in which the diagnosis of ascariasis had been recorded. The data compiled from this study, together with a few historical references, are presented herewith.

During the five year period mentioned there were 110 cases in which the diagnosis of ascariasis had been recorded. These patients were

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