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Revista Medica Herediana

Print version ISSN 1018-130XOn-line version ISSN 1729-214X

Abstract

PAJUELO CAMACHO, Giovanni; LUJAN ROCA, Daniel  and  PAREDES PEREZ, Bertha. Study of enteroparasites at the Hospital de Emergencias Pediátricas, Lima-Perú.. Rev Med Hered [online]. 2005, vol.16, n.3, pp.178-183. ISSN 1018-130X.

Objective: To determine the frequency of intestinal parasitoses at the Hospital de Emergencias Pediátricas, Lima, Perú. Material and methods: A prospective cross-sectional study carried out from May to June 2003, that it included 108 pediatric patients between 11 months to 11 years of age. A fecal sample was examinaded by subject by means of three parasitological test: Direct microscopy, Faust technique and Spontaneous Tube Sedimentation Technique. Results: The frequency of intestinal parasitosis was of 50.9%. The most frequent protozoan was Blastocystis hominis (34.3%) followed by Giardia duodenalis (10.2%). The most frequent helminth was Ascaris lumbricoides (6.5%) followed by Hymenolepis nana (4.6%). Among the diagnostic methods, the Spontaneous Tube Sedimentation Technique detected most parasites more efficiently. Conclusion: The high frequency of intestinal parasitoses would be related to inadequate sanitary conditions present in some districts of Lima, associated to the population’s socioeconomic and cultural factors. (Rev Med Hered 2005;16:178-183).

Keywords : Enteroparasitosis; children; intestinal parasites; Blastocystis hominis; Perú.

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