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Ancylostoma Duodenale Hookworm Infection

Last updated March 11, 2018

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD, MPH

Ancylostomiasis is an infection of the intestines caused by hookworms. There are many species of hookworms, but the main species responsible for human Ancylostomiasis include Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus.


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  • Ancylostomiasis is an infection of the intestines caused by hookworms. There are many species of hookworms, but the main species responsible for human Ancylostomiasis include Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus
  • Hookworms are parasites that can infect the small intestine of a host, including humans. They are found worldwide, but are most common in tropical and subtropical climates
  • Regions where hookworms are especially common include Africa, Latin America, the Mediterranean region, South East Asia, and the Western Pacific. It is estimated that the infection affects millions worldwide, without any racial or ethnic bias
  • Ancylostomiasis can be difficult to diagnose, as specific symptoms are often not seen. The possible symptoms include itching, the presence of a localized skin rash, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. If the infection is severe, blood loss can occur because of the blood sucking action of the hookworm
  • A microscopic examination of stool samples is the chief mode of diagnosis. Following a diagnosis, Ancylostomiasis is treated with anti-parasitic drugs that kill the infecting worms
  • The best prevention for Ancylostomiasis is to avoid walking barefoot in areas that may be contaminated with human feces, especially in places where hookworms are common
  • The prognosis for individuals with Ancylostomiasis is generally positive after adequate treatment. Most individuals are completely cured of the infection

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First uploaded: Aug. 11, 2017
Last updated: March 11, 2018