TWiP 23: Strongyloides stercoralis, a most unusual parasite

3 March 2011

strongyloides stercoralis freelivingHosts: Vincent Racaniello and Dickson Despommier

On episode 23 of the podcast This Week in Parasitism, Vincent and Dickson review the life cycle and pathogenesis of the world’s most unusual parasite, Strongyloides stercoralis.

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  • Scigirl2010

    PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2011 Feb 8;5(2):e955. [In-Data-Review] DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000955
    A coproantigen diagnostic test for strongyloides infection.
    Sykes AM, McCarthy JS.
    Clinical Tropical Medicine Laboratory, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, University of Queensland, Herston, Australia.

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  • Sharon

    Dickson – I’m pretty sure I have strongyloides stercoralis and I’m really scared. Hopefully you will tell me it is something else? Sores all over, itchy, blurry vision, cough, itchy eyes, nose, ears. Strange pain in upper jaw. I’ve taken ivermectin 3x and they are still coming out of my skin – eggs worms and sores all over me. I have direct microscopy of skin showing the worms (see photos – direct microscopy of skin). The large worms are actually very tiny. They are at 150x and then blown up even larger. I thought they were clothing fibers but they aren’t. After enlarging the worms are aparrent. The sores don’t heal. Worms in my urine and stool. My boyfriends late wife was a transplant patient. After being with with him I got a rash all over. This is not scabies. I wish it was! What is strange is that I was having a reaction to wheat so I stopped eating it. I think my immune system down regulated because of stopping the wheat. Body aches went completely away. I think the worms mobilized and moved out of muscle tissue and intestines to my skin because of this.  Clutching at straws here. I’m scared because it’s been 5 months with this. What do I do? Who do I see? My doctor doesn’t know anything about parasites. Please help. 

  • Danimal

    Have u tried treating this yet? I to have this and feel so frustrated about it. Its so contagious its a shame its a living nightmare. DanimalP719@gmail.com email meanout it sometime.

  • WWMD

    Sharon,
    I have been suffering the exact same thing. When I go to doctors they just have a blank stare. If you have had any luck in diagnosis let me know please. I feel like I’m in another world that I can take pics like this into doctors and am dismissed After listening to this pod cast I get it now. Doctors doing such important stuff as transplants and do see giving ivermectin just incase . It’s like nutrition they don’t even study it. Americans don’t even want to hear the word parasites

  • Janice Turcotte

    I believe I have it too. Doctors in Canada and US deny parasites. It is almost criminal. I went to one of the top doctors in the medical system in Canada. He has a number of medical labs run by the province and other reporting bodies. He gave me a prescription in one hand for pimozide and another prescription which reads that Every morning when I wake up I will say to myself that I have no parasites and Dr. So and So says so and he has been practicing for 35 years.” Well my family and I had a good laugh over that. I travelled so far to see that doctor about my belief that I have strongyloides based on pretty serious gut paraslysis, lung and coughing problems that went on for months. and years etc. etc. History will judge these doctors. But how do I know there may be a doctor to help with the next hyperinfection. I haven’t met one yet. It is very scary to try to treat this alone without the drugs. As I say I believe it is criminal.

  • Janice Turcotte

    I should mention the pimozide prescription is an anti-psychotic drug. Isn’t that terrible. I am just fine and healthy, thank you. (except for the paraistes) that is no way to treat people who think they have parasites.