CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Journal of Digestive Endoscopy 2019; 10(02): 134-135
DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-1693240
Case Report
Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy of India

A Rare Cause of Weight Loss in Immunocompetent Subject

Mukesh Nasa
1  Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Mahesh Gupta
1  Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Shashank Bhansali
1  Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Lipika Lipi
2  Departments of Pathology, Medanta—The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
,
Rajesh Puri
1  Medanta Institute of Digestive and Hepatobiliary Sciences, Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon, Haryana, India
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Publication Date:
07 August 2019 (online)

  

Abstract

We report a case of 61-year-old immunocompetent man with no comorbidity presenting with unexplained weight loss. All routine investigations could not point to the etiology of weight loss, but duodenal biopsy taken on upper gastrointestinal endoscopy revealed larvae of Strongyloides stercoralis, a nematode endemic to Indian subcontinent. The patient recovered after course of albendazole, and in the absence of other causality, weight loss was attributed to strongyloidiasis.