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Arch Hellen Med, 28(4), July-August 2011, 520-522


Intestinal obstruction due to an ascariasis ball. A summary of Thai reports

V. Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand

OBJECTIVE Obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract due to ascariasis is a rare clinical manifestation. Intestinal obstruction is extremely rare since the lumen of the intestine is wide. The condition called ascariasis ball is interesting and rarely reported in medical literature. This article reviews reports of this problem in Thailand, a tropical country.

METHOD A literature review was made of reports on intestinal obstruction due to ascariasis ball in Thailand from a database of the published works.

RESULTS The population most affected is the pediatric group and the common signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction can be identified.

Key words: Ascariasis, Ball, Intestinal obstruction.

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