Intestinal helminthic infections: a narrative review to guide the hepatogastroenterologist

M Vanhooren, A Stoefs, S Van Den Broucke, M Van Esbroeck, T Demuyser, S Kindt

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Intestinal helminthic infections are not uncommon in Western Europe, mainly due to modern travel, emigration and globalization. Moreover, some helminthic infections are endemic in Western Europe and are part of the everyday clinical practice. The hepatogastroenterologist should therefore recognize and manage these patients or at least refer them to appropriate reference centers. Signs and symptoms are often unspecific or even absent. Discerning the disease at an early stage avoids expensive diagnostic testing, life-threatening complications and in some cases even further spread of the disease. This review article aims to guide the hepatogastroenterologist when suspecting a helminthic infection by addressing the most prevalent symptoms, summarizing the most probable associated helminthic entities, highlighting practical steps in diagnosis and available treatments.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)460-473
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftActa Gastro-Enterologica Belgica
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - 2023

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