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VOLUME 23 , ISSUE 10 ( October, 2019 ) > List of Articles


Pulmonary Hyperinfection with Strongyloides stercoralis in an Immunocompetent Patient

Sadik Mohammed, Sunit Kumar Gupta

Keywords : Hyperinfection syndrome, Laparotomy, Pulmonary strongyloidosis, Radiology, Sputum examination

Citation Information : Mohammed S, Gupta SK. Pulmonary Hyperinfection with Strongyloides stercoralis in an Immunocompetent Patient. Indian J Crit Care Med 2019; 23 (10):481-483.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10071-23267

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-04-2019

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2019; The Author(s).


Strongyloids stercoralis is a unique parasite as it has the capability of completing its life cycle entirely within the human host. The immune system of the host plays an important role in keeping the infection under control but when there is a breach in this system the infection may flare up and leads to hyperinfection. In immunocompetent patients, gastrointestinal manipulation could be an inciting trigger leading to translocation of larva into the systemic circulation and development of hyperinfection syndrome. We report a case where infection with S. stercoralis lead to hyperinfection in patient with intact immune system following laparotomy.

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