A Rare Case of Intestinal Obstruction due to Taenia Saginata

Document Type: Case Report

Authors

1 Assistant Professor of Surgery, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Physiology Research Center & Afzalipour School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

Intestinal obstruction may be duo to various mechanical or functional reasons. Worms, especially Ascaris worms are one of the mechanical reasons of intestinal obstruction. Obstruction due to Taenia saginata is a rare phenomenon. Here we report a case of intestinal obstruction due to Taenia saginata infection in a 30 year-old male patient undergoing laparatomy with the diagnosis of intestinal obstruction. The cause of intestinal obstruction was unknown initially, but during milking of intestinal contents through naso- gastric tube a Taenia saginata worm was accidentally detected in the tube.

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