hookworm infestation

Peters, Michael
June 2004
BMA A-Z Family Medical Encyclopedia;2004, p385
Reference Entry
An encyclopedia entry for the term "hookworm infestation" is presented. It refers to an infestation of the small intestine by bloodsucking worms of the Necator americanus or Ancylostoma duodenale species. This kind of infestation usually occurs in the tropics, especially in areas where sanitation is poor. Particular focus is given to how the larvae enter the body, as well as the diagnosis.


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