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June 1945

ANCYLOSTOMIASIS AND STRONGYLOIDIASISA CLINICAL SURVEY OF SEVENTY-ONE CASES OF ANCYLOSTOMIASIS AND ELEVEN CASES OF STRONGYLOIDIASIS IN CHILDREN

Author Affiliations

MEDICAL CORPS, ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES
From the Pediatric Service, Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone.

Am J Dis Child. 1945;69(6):359-365. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1945.02020180023004
Abstract

It is common knowledge that infection with intestinal parasites is encountered frequently in thetropics. Excellent reports dealing with the incidence of human intestinal parasitism have appeared in the literature. However, clinical studies confined to problems relating to infection in childhood are relatively infrequent.

SOURCE OF MATERIAL  This study is based on observations of 71 consecutive patients with ancylostomiasis and 11 with strongyloidiasis admitted to the pediatric wards of Gorgas Hospital, Ancon, Canal Zone, from Jan. 1, 1941 to Jan. 1, 1944. Although such infections were discovered frequently, those without associated intestinal parasites were not common. For purposes of our report, only patients with either unmixed ancylostomiasis or strongyloidiasis were studied. Those with polyparasitism were excluded. In this hospital, no attempt has been made to distinguish the various species of hookworm one from the other, and the terms ancylostomiasis, uncinariasis and hookworm disease have been used interchangeably.

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS  In general,

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