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Hookworm: Introduction

Hookworm: Hookworm is an intestinal parasite of humans that usually causes mild diarrhea or cramps. Heavy infection with hookworm can create serious health ... more about Hookworm.

Hookworm: Worm spread through feces with poor sanitation. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Hookworm is available below.

Symptoms of Hookworm

Treatments for Hookworm

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Hookworm?

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Hookworm: Deaths

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Types of Hookworm

  • Necator americanus - most common type in the USA
  • Ancylostoma canium - a hookworm type caught from dogs
  • Ancyclostoma duodenale - also "tunnel worm"
  • more types...»

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Causes of Hookworm

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Disease Topics Related To Hookworm

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Hookworm: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Hookworm

Mild worm infections undiagnosed in children: Human worm infestations, esp. threadworm, can be overlooked in some cases, because it may cause only mild or even absent more »

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. food poisoning). In fact, it's more likely to be an more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but migraines can also occur in children. See misdiagnosis more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, more »

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Article Excerpts about Hookworm

Hookworm Infection: DPD (Excerpt)

Hookworm is an intestinal parasite of humans that usually causes mild diarrhea or cramps. Heavy infection with hookworm can create serious health problems for newborns, children, pregnant women, and persons who are malnourished. Hookworm infections occur mostly in tropical and subtropical climates and are estimated to infect about 1 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population. (Source: excerpt from Hookworm Infection: DPD)

Parasitic Roundworm Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

One of the most common roundworm infections is hookworm. Like ascarids, people pick up hookworms as a result of unsanitary conditions. Hookworm eggs are passed in human feces onto the ground where they develop into infective larvae. When the soil is cool, the worms crawl to the nearest moist area and extend their bodies into the air. They remain there waving their bodies to and fro until they come into contact with the skin, usually on a bare foot, or until they are driven back down by the heat. (Source: excerpt from Parasitic Roundworm Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Definitions of Hookworm:

Parasitic blood-sucking roundworms having hooked mouth parts to fasten to the intestinal wall of human and other hosts - (Source - WordNet 2.1)


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