Symptoms of Strongyloidiasis


General information about symptoms of Strongyloidiasis: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Strongyloidiasis. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Strongyloidiasis. Furthermore, symptoms of Strongyloidiasis may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Strongyloidiasis.

List of symptoms of Strongyloidiasis: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Strongyloidiasis includes:

Symptoms of Strongyloidiasis: Many Strongyloides infections are mild and go unnoticed. Moderate infections may cause a burning pain in the abdomen. Nausea and vomiting may be present, and diarrhea and constipation alternate. Severe infections result in anemia, weight loss, and chronic diarrhea. 1

At times, the larvae may develop rapidly into the infective state in the intestine where they penetrate the intestinal lining instead of passing out of the body in the feces, as occurs normally. This modification of the life cycle, called internal autoinfection, explains persistent strongyloidiasis, as long as 40 years in patients who have moved to areas where the disease is not generally found. Autoinfection may produce heavy infections and severe disease, especially in patients with reduced immunity such as those receiving corticosteroids or other immunosuppressive drug treatment.1

More symptoms of Strongyloidiasis: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Strongyloidiasis, underlying causes of Strongyloidiasis, associated conditions for Strongyloidiasis, risk factors for Strongyloidiasis, or other related conditions.

Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:

1. excerpt from Parasitic Roundworm Diseases, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

Last revision: June 13, 2003

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