Intestinal Capillariasis (Capillaria Philippinensis) Acquired in Indonesia: A Case Report

Guido ChichinoLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Anna Maria BernuzziLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Antonella BrunoLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Claudia CeviniLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Chiara AtzoriLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Antonello MalfitanoLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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Massimo ScagliaLaboratory of Clinical Parasitology, Department of Infectious Diseases, University-IRCCS S. Matteo, Pavia, Italy

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We report a case of intestinal capillariasis in a 32-year-old Italian man. After he made a trip to Indonesia that lasted approximately one month, he developed heartburn, abdominal pain, irregular bowel movements, headache, fatigue, weight loss, low-grade fever, and severe itching. The diagnosis was provided by the recovery of Capillaria philippinensis eggs in the stool. Treatment with oral albendazole, 200 mg twice a day for 21 days, resulted in clinical and parasitologic cure. This is the first report of C. philippinensis infection acquired in Indonesia.

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