Some Aspects of Parasitic Disease in Vietnam Returnees

Wells, Ralph F.
November 1970
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Nov1970, Vol. 54 Issue 5, p480
Academic Journal
This paper briefly reviews the problem of parasitic infestation seen in U.S. military personnel returning from the Republic of Vietnam. While parasitic infestations pose less of a problem than acute infectious diarrhea in Vietnam, by nature of their persistence, parasites assume increased importance in the Vietnam returnee. Amebiasis remains the most significant parasite. Illustrative cases are cited including a unique example of cutaneous-hepatic-biliary tree fistula complicating amebic abscess of the liver. Of the remaining parasites, hookworm infestation and strongy-loidiasis are the two most likely to be encountered which are clinically significant. Current diagnostic and therapeutic measures directed toward each of these entities are reviewed briefly. Ascariasis, while prevalent among Vietnamese, has not proved to be a significant problem among American personnel. Its recognition, however, warrants priority in treatment.


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