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August 1946

CLINICAL ASCARIASIS: An Analysis of Two Hundred and Two Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Public Health of Louisiana State University School of Medicine and Charity Hospital of Louisiana.

Am J Dis Child. 1946;72(2):172-180. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1946.02020310038002

STUDIES by Faust,1 Headlee2 and Moss3 on the incidence of intestinal parasites in and around New Orleans have demonstrated the relatively common occurrence of ascariasis in this area. Also, of 11,000 stools of clinic and hospitalized patients at the Charity Hospital in this city examined by my associates and me, 426 were found to contain ova of Ascaris lumbricoides.

In view of the common occurrence of ascariasis in this metropolitan area and of my opportunity to observe numerous cases of this helminth infection, I am presenting an analysis of the clinical and laboratory data from the case records of 202 patients with clinically evident A. lumbricoides infection admitted to the Charity Hospital of Louisiana during a period of about a decade.

The cases in this series met the following criteria:

  1. Only patients with clinically evident infection who were hospitalized and for whom a satisfactory history and physical examination

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