Intestinal Perforation Caused by Larval Eustrongylides (Nematoda: Dioctophymatoidae) in New Jersey

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  • Centers for Disease Control, Damon Clinical Laboratories, Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Atlanta, Georgia

Two large living nematodes were removed from the peritoneal cavity of a 17-year-old youth complaining of intense abdominal pain in the right lower quadrant. The worms measured 55 and 59 mm in length and were identified as fourth-stage larvae of Eustrongylides. The patient gave a history of swallowing live minnows while fishing.

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