One cannot practice pediatrics in Panama without being impressed by the frequency of infection with intestinal parasites, particularly Ascaris lumbricoides. Although excellent reviews have appeared in the literature, a survey limited to the condition in children is of value in order to clarify some of the existing misconceptions regarding the symptoms and prognosis of ascariasis.
SOURCE OF MATERIAL
This study was based on data obtained from 125 patients with ascariasis admitted to the pediatric wards of Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, between Jan. 1, 1941 and Jan. 1, 1944. Although Ascaris lumbricoides was found frequently in association with other parasites, i. e., Trichuris trichiura, Necator americanus, Enterobius vermicularis and Strongyloides stercoralis, patients with multiple infection were excluded from this study.There exists in the Canal Zone a system of federally administered medical care for Government employees and their families. No socioeconomic selection of patients was made in this series, and
EINHORN NH, MILLER JF, WHITTIER L. ASCARIASIS: CLINICAL SURVEY OF ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-FIVE CASES OF INFECTION WITH ASCARIS LUMBRICOIDES IN CHILDREN. Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(4):237–246. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020160037007
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