Battling the Worms Inside You

An infectious disease specialist must tackle her patient's parasites head-on.

By Claire Panosian Dunavan|Friday, August 22, 2008
Not long ago I received two messages at my medical office about an earthy problem. One was from a patient who said a colonoscopy had turned up a small herd of tiny white worms in his gut. Needless to say, he was not pleased to learn that he was sharing his cecum (the segment of bowel from which the appendix dangles as a thin sac) with a pack of nematodes. I agreed to see him as soon as possible.The next message was from the doctor who had performed the colonoscopy. “Urgent!” he texted. “Need hel...

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