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February 1983

Persistent Strongyloides stercoralis in a Blind Loop of the Bowel: Successful Treatment With Mebendazole

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases, Ann Arbor (Mich) Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor.

Arch Intern Med. 1983;143(2):357-358. doi:10.1001/archinte.1983.00350020183035

• Three courses of thiabendazole therapy, including one course given directly into a blind loop of the bowel, failed to eradicate Strongyloides stercoralis from a 55-year-old man who had undergone a Roux-en-Y operation. The patient responded to 1.5 g/day of mebendazole for 14 days, and the infection did not recur. Our case illustrates the difficulty of eliminating S stercoralis from a blind loop of the bowel and indicates that mebendazole therapy used in adequate doses is effective treatment for strongyloidiasis. The lack of toxicity of mebendazole makes it a desirable drug for Strongyloides infestation resistant to thiabendazole therapy.

(Arch Intern Med 1983;143:357-358)

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