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Intestinal perforation due to adult tapeworm of Taenia: a case report and review of the literature

Bhandari, R. and Chamlagain, R. and Sutanto, E. and Adam, H. and Dhungana, A. and Ali, A. A. and Piya, B. and Ubaid, A. and Neumayr, A.. (2022) Intestinal perforation due to adult tapeworm of Taenia: a case report and review of the literature. Clin Med Insights Case Rep, 15. p. 11795476211072670.

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Abstract

Taeniasis is an intestinal helminth infection due to adult tapeworms belonging to the genus Taenia. Taeniasis remains a major burden in low-income countries in Asia. We present a case of intestinal perforation caused by adult tapeworm of Taenia in a 50-year-old Nepali male. The patients presented to the hospital with severe abdominal pain and intermittent vomiting. Following clinical presentations and imaging features, gastrointestinal perforation was suspected. Surgical removal of adult tapeworm of Taenia, suspected to be T. saginata or T. asiatica, was carried out during exploratory laparotomy, which was followed by an uneventful postoperative period. In addition to case presentation, we systematically review published case reports on taeniasis-related intestinal perforation. A learning point from this case is clinician should maintain a clinical suspicion of taeniasis as a possible cause of intestinal perforation in endemic areas.
Faculties and Departments:09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)
09 Associated Institutions > Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) > Department of Directorate (DIR) > Medical Services (K├╝nzli/Neumayr)
UniBasel Contributors:Neumayr, Andreas
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
ISSN:1179-5476 (Print)1179-5476 (Linking)
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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