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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 102-105

Intestinal strongyloidiasis in a psoriatic patient following immunosuppressive therapy: Seeing the unforeseen


1 Department of Microbiology, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Dermatology, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Poongodi Lakshmi Santhana Kumaraswamy
Department of Microbiology, Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli - 627 011, Tamil Nadu
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-5009.182610

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Strongyloides stercoralis , an intestinal nematode, has a complicated life cycle. Mostly asymptomatic, if symptomatic it has nonspecific, transient clinical manifestations. The two aggressive forms of the disease are: Hyperinfection syndrome (HS) or disseminated syndrome (DS). Several risk factors have been associated with strongyloidiasis including immunosuppressive therapy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, diabetes, alcoholism, tuberculosis, impaired bowel motility, surgically created intestinal blind loops, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and chronic renal failure. We describe a case of intestinal strongyloidiasis in a psoriatic patient treated with immunosuppressive therapy.


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