Whipworms are responsible for up to 500 million cases of trichuriasis worldwide, with higher endemicity in tropical and sub-tropical countries. In non-endemic countries, trichuriasis can be accidentally diagnosed upon colonoscopy, often in the presence of negative microscopy. Here, we describe an incidental diagnosis of trichuriasis in an HIV patient residing in a non-endemic area (i.e., Turin, Italy), six months after his return from Antigua. The species-level diagnosis was made thanks to PCR-based molecular identification of Trichuris sp. following optical microscopy detection. Overall, this case highlights the importance of improving parasitic diseases diagnosis through cutting-edge clinical and laboratory diagnostic tools alongside advanced training of specialists in the area of parasitology.

An unpleasant souvenir. Endoscopic finding of Trichuris trichiura (Nematoda: Trichuridae) / Peradotto, Marco; Rolle, Emanuela; Zaccaria, Teresa; Cavallero, Serena; Bondi, Alessandro; Bottino, Paolo; De Angelis, Claudio; D'Amelio, Stefano; Saracco, Giorgio Maria; Cavallo, Rossana. - In: PARASITOLOGY INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 1383-5769. - 80:(2021), pp. 1-4. [10.1016/j.parint.2020.102220]

An unpleasant souvenir. Endoscopic finding of Trichuris trichiura (Nematoda: Trichuridae)

Cavallero, Serena;D'Amelio, Stefano;
2021

Abstract

Whipworms are responsible for up to 500 million cases of trichuriasis worldwide, with higher endemicity in tropical and sub-tropical countries. In non-endemic countries, trichuriasis can be accidentally diagnosed upon colonoscopy, often in the presence of negative microscopy. Here, we describe an incidental diagnosis of trichuriasis in an HIV patient residing in a non-endemic area (i.e., Turin, Italy), six months after his return from Antigua. The species-level diagnosis was made thanks to PCR-based molecular identification of Trichuris sp. following optical microscopy detection. Overall, this case highlights the importance of improving parasitic diseases diagnosis through cutting-edge clinical and laboratory diagnostic tools alongside advanced training of specialists in the area of parasitology.
2021
trichuris; neglected tropical diseases; food and waterborne parasites; hiv; endoscopy
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An unpleasant souvenir. Endoscopic finding of Trichuris trichiura (Nematoda: Trichuridae) / Peradotto, Marco; Rolle, Emanuela; Zaccaria, Teresa; Cavallero, Serena; Bondi, Alessandro; Bottino, Paolo; De Angelis, Claudio; D'Amelio, Stefano; Saracco, Giorgio Maria; Cavallo, Rossana. - In: PARASITOLOGY INTERNATIONAL. - ISSN 1383-5769. - 80:(2021), pp. 1-4. [10.1016/j.parint.2020.102220]
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