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Ascariasis and Cardiac Surgery: A Case Report
Ascariasis is a common helminthic infection, particularly in the tropical countries. We describe a case of eosinophilia who underwent coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Postoperatively, he was found to have ascaris lumbricoides in the oral cavity. Timely detection and removal of the worm prevented the possible complications such as airway obstruction, bronchospasm, lung collapse, or intestinal obstruction. The case emphasizes the importance of considering parasitic infection as a differential diagnosis in patients presenting with eosinophilia for elective surgery.
22 January 2021 (online)
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