Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Strongyloides stercoralis Infection

  title={Manifestations, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Strongyloides stercoralis Infection},
  author={Marisel Segarra-Newnham},
  journal={Annals of Pharmacotherapy},
  pages={1992 - 2001}
Objective: To summarize current literature on the manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of Strongyloides stercoralis infection. Data Sources: A search was conducted of PubMed (1970–August 2007). Search terms included Strongyloides stercoralis, hyperinfection, prevention, and treatment. Reviews, studies, and recent case reports were included. Additional references were obtained from article bibliographies. Study Selection and Data Extraction: All studies or review articles published in… 

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