Ascaris Strangled in a Shoe-Eyelet*

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  • Department of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana


A lone female Ascaris, passed spontaneously by a 2-year-old child, was engirdled by, and apparently strangled in, a shoe-eyelet. It is suggested that the occurrence possibly can be attributed to the worm's mating reflexes rather than to a more general tendency to probe small apertures.