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It is an infection of the small intestine caused by Ascaris lumbricoides, which is a species of round worm. The symptoms at a later stage are: 1. Coughing or gagging 2. Vomiting roundworms 3. Wheezing or shortness of breath 4. Irregular stools, abdominal pain and weight loss
HOW IS ASCARIASIS DIAGNOSED?
It is diagnosed by a general physician by using the following methods: 1. Blood and stool examination 2. Abdominal X rays. Once ascariasis is diagnosed the patient is referred to a gastroenterologist who may conduct further tests such as: 1. MRI/CT/Ultrasound scans 2. Endoscopy
HOW IS ASCARIASIS TREATED?
A gastroenterologist treats ascariasis with antiparasitic drugs. In advanced cases, surgery may be considered to control larger infestation
DID YOU KNOW?
Intestinal blockage can occur due to this condition.