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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 1:137

First Online: 14 November 2007Received: 24 May 2007Accepted: 14 November 2007DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-1-137

Cite this article as: Zahariou, A., Karamouti, M. & Papaioannou, P. J Med Case Reports 2007 1: 137. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-1-137


Enterobius vermicularis is an intestinal nematode of humans. Adults usually have low worm burdens and are asymptomatic. Ectopic infections in the pelvic area or urinary tract rarely occur in women. We report a case of the patient with mild voiding difficulties such as urgency, frequency, nocturia, dysuria, mild low back pain or perineal discomfort. The patient-s prostatic secretions showed a large number of inflammatory cells and several eggs. The size and the shape of the eggs identified them as a group of E. vermicularis. On examination we found a soft palpable material which was 5 mm diameter in size and spherical shape. Palpation gave the impression of a tissue than a stone. An incision was performed and a 4 mm long living worm was found. The microscopic examination identified the worm as E- vermicularis. It is an extremely rare manifestation of enterobius vermicularis infection since an intestinal-breeding worm is rarely found in the male genital tract.

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Autor: Athanasios Zahariou - Maria Karamouti - Polyanthi Papaioannou

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