Invasive enteritis by Strongyloides stercoralis presenting as acute abdominal distress under corticosteroid therapy
Keywords:Strongyloides stercoralis, Invasive enteritis, Acute abdominal distress, Corticosteroid therapy
AbstractOverwhelming helminthiasis is still a problem in endemic areas, especially in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of invasive intestinal strongyloidiasis that was clinically expressed as acute abdominal distress in a 73-year-old man from São Paulo who had been receiving methylprednisone, 20 mg/day, for one year for osteoarthritis. A surgical specimen from the ileum revealed invasive enteritis with severe infestation by Strongyloides stercoralis. The patient died of sepsis 6 days after surgery. The possibility of invasive strongyloidiasis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of acute abdominal distress in patients undergoing immunosuppressive therapy.
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Rodrigues, M. A. M., Fróes, R. C., Anefalos, A., & Kobayasi, S. (2001). Invasive enteritis by Strongyloides stercoralis presenting as acute abdominal distress under corticosteroid therapy . Revista Do Hospital Das Clínicas, 56(4), 103-106. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0041-87812001000400002