In this study, a patient who was hospitalized with severe anaemia in the department of Internal Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh is presented. The patient had fever, swelling of feet since 8 months and cough with expectoration since last 3 months along with significant weight loss three months prior to admission. Severe Iron deficiency anaemia was diagnosed in this patient by laboratory analysis. Patient did not improve despite being transfused with 2 units of packed RBC. Stool examination was performed later as there were no haematological factors associated with severe anaemia. Stool microscopy of the patient revealed numerous ova of hookworm. The general condition improved following anti-parasitic and anti-anaemic treatment. Thus it was concluded that patients diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia should also be investigated for parasitic diseases which is often neglected." /> Diagnostic Dilemma in Hookworm Infection: An Unusual Presentation
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(3): 3769-3771
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Diagnostic Dilemma in Hookworm Infection: An Unusual Presentation
Aroop Mohanty*, Priyanka Gupta, Pratima Gupta and Ravi Shankar 
Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh, India
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Abstract:

In this study, a patient who was hospitalized with severe anaemia in the department of Internal Medicine at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh is presented. The patient had fever, swelling of feet since 8 months and cough with expectoration since last 3 months along with significant weight loss three months prior to admission. Severe Iron deficiency anaemia was diagnosed in this patient by laboratory analysis. Patient did not improve despite being transfused with 2 units of packed RBC. Stool examination was performed later as there were no haematological factors associated with severe anaemia. Stool microscopy of the patient revealed numerous ova of hookworm. The general condition improved following anti-parasitic and anti-anaemic treatment. Thus it was concluded that patients diagnosed with iron deficiency anaemia should also be investigated for parasitic diseases which is often neglected.


Keywords: Diagnostic Dilemma, Hookworm Infection
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Aroop Mohanty, Priyanka Gupta, Pratima Gupta and Ravi Shankar. 2018. Diagnostic Dilemma in Hookworm Infection: An Unusual Presentation.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(3): 3769-3771. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2018.703.436