Postgrad Med J 53:139-142 doi:10.1136/pgmj.53.617.139
  • Research Article

Pseudo-obstruction and a sprue-like syndrome from stronglyloidiasis.


Symptomatic disease from Strongyloides stercoralis has been recognized for the first time in Trinidad. Five cases are reported, all showing clinical features suggestive of a sprue-like syndrome. Subtotal jejunal villous atrophy was seen in one case and partial villous atrophy in two. Three patients had laparotomies because of suspected partial intestinal obstruction. A sprue-like syndrome in certain Caribbean immigrants should arouse a suspicion of S. stercoralis.