Basic Summary for Ascariasis


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Main name of condition: Ascariasis
Other names or spellings: ascaris, common roundworm, intestinal roundworm


What is Ascariasis?
  Brief description of Ascariasis: Large intestinal roundworm from 6 to 13 inches.
  Parent types of Ascariasis: Worm conditions, Ascarids, Intestinal Conditions
  Organs Affected by Ascariasis: intestine
  Types of Ascariasis: Ascaris lumbricoides
How many people get Ascariasis?
  Prevalance of Ascariasis: rare
  Prevalance of Ascariasis: Ascariasis is the most common human worm infection. Infection occurs worldwide and is most common in tropical and subtropical areas where sanitation and hygiene are poor. Children are infected more often than adults. In the United States, infection is rare, but most common in rural areas of the southeast. 1
How serious is Ascariasis?
  Complications of Ascariasis: see complications of Ascariasis
What causes Ascariasis?
  Class of Condition for Ascariasis: parasite worm
  Causes of Ascariasis: see causes of Ascariasis
  Risk factors for Ascariasis: see risk factors for Ascariasis
What are the symptoms of Ascariasis?
  Symptoms of Ascariasis: see symptoms of Ascariasis
Can anyone else get Ascariasis?
  Contagion of Ascariasis: Spread by human feces in areas of poor sanitation.
  More information: see contagiousness of Ascariasis
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Ascariasis: see treatments for Ascariasis
  Prevention of Ascariasis: see prevention of Ascariasis
Society issues for Ascariasis
  Hospitalization statistics for Ascariasis: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Ascariasis:
  • 0.0001% (14) of hospital consultant episodes were for ascariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 71% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 21% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 80% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 11.2 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for ascariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 1 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for ascariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 31 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for ascariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 79% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 7% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 14% of hospital consultant episodes for ascariasis were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.0001% (38) of hospital bed days were for ascariasis in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Ascaris Infection: DPD

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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