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Vol. 83. Issue 1.
Pages 66-68 (January - March 2018)
Vol. 83. Issue 1.
Pages 66-68 (January - March 2018)
Clinical image in Gastroenterology
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A rare cause of dyspepsia
Una rara causa de dispepsia
A. Guzmán-Lepea,
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, J.A. Velarde Ruiz-Velascoa, E. Navarro-del Ríob
a Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Civil Fray Antonio Alcalde, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
b Department of General Surgery, Hospital Civil Fray Antonio Alcalde, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
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A 27-year-old woman from a rural zone in Jalisco, Mexico, was admitted to the hospital for nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. One month earlier, she presented with burning abdominal pain in the epigastrium and right upper quadrant, along with abdominal bloating. Laboratory test results showed altered liver enzymes with a mixed pattern (AST 64IU/L, ALT 146 IU/L, GGT 185 IU/L, and ALP 188 IU/L), normal bilirubin level, and eosinophilia of 2.06 (14.2%) in the hemogram. The ultrasound study revealed normal-caliber extrahepatic and intrahepatic bile ducts, normal thickness of the gallbladder wall, no stones inside the gallbladder, and a homogeneous liver parenchyma. The patient underwent esophagogastroduodenoscopy as the approach to uninvestigated dyspepsia, which showed a type of nematode occluding the ampulla of Vater (figs. A and B). It was extracted in its entirety with a biopsy forceps and measured 27cm in length (fig. 2). The ampulla had a posterior “pregnant” aspect (fig. 3). The patient had no signs of cholangitis or pancreatitis, the abdominal symptoms resolved, and she was released from the hospital under medical treatment. Biliary obstruction is a rare and important complication of Ascaris lumbricoides infestation.

Figures 1A and 1B.

A and B) Nematode occluding the ampulla of Vater.

Figure 2.

Ascaris lumbricoides measuring 27cm in length.

Figure 3.

Ampulla with posterior “pregnant” aspect.

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Please cite this article as: Guzmán-Lepe A, Velarde Ruiz-Velasco JA, Navarro-del Río E. Una rara causa de dispepsia. Revista de Gastroenterología de México. 2018;83:66–68.

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