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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 89

of 'Strongyloidiasis'

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Strongyloidiasis: a review and update by case example.
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Greiner K, Bettencourt J, Semolic C
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Clin Lab Sci. 2008;21(2):82.
 
UNLABELLED: A 77-year-old female immigrant from South America presented with epigastric pain, diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, malabsorption, and acid reflux disorder. A gastroduodenoscopy, performed to assess for peptic ulcer disease, revealed parasitic larvae in the duodenal mucosa which were subsequently identified as Strongyloides stercoralis rhabditiform larvae. Anti-helminthic therapy was initiated to resolve infection.
OBJECTIVES: Review the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of strongyloidiasis; alert laboratory professionals to the importance of early detection of Strongyloides stercoralis in specimens from immigrants at risk and immunodeficient patients to reduce morbidity and mortality.
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Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences (Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology/Immu- nohematology), Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA. Katherine.Greiner@Marist.Edu
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