Strongyloidiasis

Causative agent–

Strongyloides stercoralis

Transmission–

Filariform larvae are capable of penetrating intact skin. It may persist for 40 years or more in the small intestine, and it can also be spread as a sexually transmitted disease.

Symptoms And Signs—

  • Transient, linear, itching erythema
  • Pneumonitis
  • Ulcerative enteritis
  • Anaemia
  • Severe hypoproteinameia
  • Death(acute disseminated type)
  • Persistent unexplained eosinophilia.

Investigations—

Serologic testing because stool specimens are often negative.

Treatment–

Thiabendazole

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