Enterobiasis: a histopathological study of 259 patients

Ann Trop Med Parasitol. 1991 Dec;85(6):625-35. doi: 10.1080/00034983.1991.11812618.


Enterobius worms or their eggs, or both, are present in preserved tissue sections or tissue specimens of 259 patients whose medical records are on file at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington D.C., U.S.A. The most common site of infection (86.5%) was found to be the lumen of the appendix, where the worms provoke no reaction. Of the 259 patients 11 (4.2%) had worms and/or eggs in granulomas of the abdominal and pelvic peritoneum, and an equal number had granulomas on the peritoneum of the salphinx or on the surface of the ovary. There were also ectopic worms and/or eggs in granulomas on the peritoneum of the small and large intestines (2.7%). These Enterobius granulomas form around degenerating adult worms, around discrete eggs, around clusters of eggs, and, we believe, also around the tracks of migrating worms. Three patients (1.2%) had worms in perianal abscesses. A necrotic granuloma, removed from the lung of one patient, surrounded a degenerating adult worm. This suggests that the worm, carried to the lung as an embolus, impacted in a pulmonary arteriole. A stool specimen of one patient contains eggs of Enterobius, and that of another patient contains an adult Enterobius. This is the largest recorded histopathological study of enterobiasis in man.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Enterobius / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Genital Diseases, Female / pathology*
  • Genitalia, Female / parasitology
  • Genitalia, Female / pathology
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Diseases, Parasitic / pathology*
  • Intestines / parasitology
  • Lung / parasitology
  • Lung / pathology
  • Lung Diseases, Parasitic / pathology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oxyuriasis / pathology*
  • Peritoneum / parasitology