[Human anisakiasis: 5 cases in northern France]

Gastroenterol Clin Biol. 1986 Jan;10(1):83-7.
[Article in French]


We report 5 cases of human anisakiasis revealed respectively by an acute intestinal obstruction due to multiple small bowel stenosis, an acute inflammatory ileitis simulating appendicitis, ulcer type epigastralgia, purulent peritonitis and a latent small bowel tumor. Diagnosis was established in 4 cases on microscopic analysis of bowel specimens (eosinophilic granulomas and/or parasitic fragments) and in 1 case at gastroscopy. Serodiagnosis was positive in 2 of 4 cases and the consumption undercooked fishes was found in 4. In small samples we estimated the infestation (1 to 50 parasites) by anisakis larvae of 3 fish species: 80 p. 100 for herrings, 63 p. 100 for mackerels and 100 p. 100 for whitings. This work emphasizes the role of anisakiasis as a source of digestive symptoms and intestinal eosinophilic granuloma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Ascaridoidea
  • Female
  • Fishes / parasitology
  • France
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Nematode Infections / diagnosis*
  • Nematode Infections / parasitology
  • Nematode Infections / prevention & control