What are the GI complications of strongyloidiasis?

Updated: Jun 20, 2019
  • Author: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Answer

Strongyloidiasis can lead to gastrointestinal (GI), pulmonary, dermatologic, neurologic, and other complications, as well as death.

GI complications include the following:

GI hemorrhage: Life-threatening GI bleeding has been described in a patient with hyperinfection syndrome; the bleeding was found to be from microaneurysms ("berry aneurysms") in the superior and inferior mesenteric arteries

  • Malabsorption

  • Intestinal obstruction, [42] perforation, and infarction

  • Eosinophilic oophoritis [41]

  • Appendicitis [43]

  • Peritonitis

  • Obstructive jaundice

  • Ileus

  • Pneumatosis intestinalis


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