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South African Journal of Surgery

On-line version ISSN 2078-5151
Print version ISSN 0038-2361


MAHOMED, N.; DOCRAT, Z.; MKHONZA, L.  and  KEATING, L.. Overlooking the abdominal X-ray - the peril of ascariasis. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2012, vol.50, n.1, pp.22-22. ISSN 2078-5151.

A young child presented with intermittent bowel obstruction. The abdominal X-ray was not closely examined, and a contrast study was performed that demonstrated multiple tubular filling defects indicative of worms. The patient was treated accordingly. Reviewing the abdominal X-ray demonstrated numerous serpigenous, tubular, soft-tissue densities in gas-filled bowel loops.

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