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infection with species of Trichuris; in adults it may be asymptomatic, but in children it may cause vomiting, diarrhea, and rectal prolapse.
Infection with nematodes of the genus Trichuris. In humans, intestinal parasitization by T. trichiura is usually asymptomatic and not associated with peripheral eosinophilia; in massive infections it frequently induces diarrhea or rectal prolapse.
trichuriasis/trich·u·ri·a·sis/ (trik″u-ri´ah-sis) infection with Trichuris, often asymptomatic in adults but with gastrointestinal symptoms in children.
n. pl. trichuria·ses (-sēz)
Infestation of the large intestine with the whipworm Trichuris trichiura. It is usually asymptomatic, but in massive infections can cause diarrhea or rectal prolapse.
Etymology: Gk, thrix + oura, tail, osis, condition
infestation with the roundworm Trichuris trichiura. The condition is usually asymptomatic, but heavy infestation may cause nausea, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and, occasionally, anemia and rectal prolapse. It is common in tropical areas with poor sanitation. Eggs are passed in feces. Contamination of the hands, food, and water results in ingestion of the eggs, which hatch in the intestines where the adult worms embed two thirds of their length in the intestinal mucosa. The worms may live 15 to 20 years. Treatment is with mebendazole; prevention includes proper disposal of feces and good personal hygiene. Also called trichiuriasis [trik′ē-] .
trichuriasisWhipworm infection Infectious disease Infection by Trichuris trichiura, which occurs by oral contact with whipworm ova in contaminated soil; eggs hatch, worm embeds in GI mucosa, primarily in cecum and appendix Clinical Heavy infestation causes bloody, mucus-like diarrhea, rectal prolapse
Infection with nematodes (whipworms) of the genus Trichuris. In humans, intestinal parasitization by T. trichiura is usually asymptomatic; in massive infections, it frequently induces diarrhea or rectal prolapse.
trichuriasisInfection of the large intestine with whipworms.
Infection with nematodes of the genus Trichuris. In humans, intestinal parasitization by T. trichiura is usually asymptomatic and not associated with peripheral eosinophilia.
the disease caused by the infestation of the cecum by Trichuris spp. The most obvious clinical feature is diarrhea sometimes with mucus and blood.