Enterobius vermicularis and perianal sepsis in children
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- Mahomed, A.A., MacKenzie, R.N., Carson, L.S. et al. Ped Surgery Int (2003) 19: 740. doi:10.1007/s00383-003-0971-z
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Specific aetiological factors are responsible for a significant proportion of cases of perianal sepsis in children. A rarely implicated pathogen is Enterobius vermicularis, an obligate parasite with a ubiquitous presence in children. The authors describe two unequivocal instances of threadworm involvement in perianal sepsis, suggesting a pathophysiological basis.