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Title: Case of megaloblastic anemia caused by intestinal taeniasis
Authors: Vuylsteke, Peter ×
Bertrand, Celine
Verhoef, Gregor
Vandenberghe, Peter #
Issue Date: Jun-2004
Series Title: Annals of hematology. vol:83 issue:7 pages:487-8
Abstract: A 61-year-old eutrophic male was diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency and megaloblastic anemia. A modified Schilling test suggested intestinal malabsorption unrelated to intrinsic factor deficiency. Subsequent colonoscopy revealed the presence of a Taenia tapeworm. The anemia resolved within days under therapy with niclosamide and temporary vitamin B12 supplements. The present case suggests that, in addition to other well-known parasitic agents, e.g., Diphyllobothrium latum and Giardia lamblia, Taenia infestation can also be a cause of intestinal vitamin B12 malabsorption.
ISSN: 0939-5555
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Clinical Residents Medicine
Clinical Genetics Section (-)
Hematology Section (-)
Department of Human Genetics - miscellaneous
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