Trichuriasis (also called whipworm) is an infection in the
intestines caused by a large roundworm (Trichuris trichiura).
Eggs of the worm are found in the feces of an infected person or
animal. A person who eats with dirty hands or who eats dirty food can
accidentally ingest the eggs. As they move through the intestines, the eggs
hatch into larvae and then live in the large intestine for up to 1
Usually there are no symptoms of infection. But if many worms
are present, a person may feel stomach pain and nausea and develop
Infection is most common in children, who tend to have the most
serious symptoms. Medicine is used for treatment. People who
do not have symptoms usually do not need to be treated.
September 2, 2010
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
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