Parasitic Infections In A Developing Country: The Vermiform Appendix As A Victim

  • GU Chianakwana
  • MAC Path
  • JO Chianakwana
  • T Chukwuanukwu


The vermiform appendix may become a yielding target and an innocent victim of intestinal parasitism. This is likely to occur more readily in those parts of the developing world in which the parasitic load in the community is high. This high parasitic load more commonly afflicts people of low socio-economic class. This report is of two cases of appendicitis secondary to intestinal parasitism, in the first case by Ascaris lumbricoides (round worm) and in the second case by Schistosoma haematobium.

Tropical Journal of Medical Research Vol. 11 (2) 2007: pp. 38-40

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