Penetrating Abdominal Trauma Complicated by Ascariasis- Our Experience

Obonna, G. C.1* & Obonna, M. C.2

1Department of Surgery, University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex, Ondo City, Nigeria
2Faculty of Basic Medical Science, Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria

Dr. Obonna, G. C., Department of Surgery, University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex, Ondo City, Nigeria.

Keywords: Penetrating Trauma; Ascariasis


Penetrating abdominal trauma typically involves the violation of the abdominal cavity by gunshot wound (GSW) or stab wound (SW). The surgical complications of ascaris lumbricoides have been well documented, however very few studies have tried to elucidate the impact of ascariasis in patients with penetrating abdominal injury. In the tropical environment such as ours it is most relevant to consider ascariasis as a factor which could mordify the short and long time outcome in the management of patients with penetrating abdominal trauma. The aim was to look at the demographics and outcomes in the management of penetrating abdominal trauma in patients with intra operative finding of ascariasis. This study was retrospective, in which patients with penetrating abdominal injury and coexisting ascariasis were analysed.

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