Abdominal pain due to Enterobius vermicularis

Can J Surg. 1980 May;23(3):286-7.


The authors describe an unusual case of an 11-year-old girl who had right lower quadrant pain due to unilateral salpingitis, suppurative omentitis and periappendicitis. The etiologic agent was the parasite Enterobius vermicularis. A review of the literature revealed that pinworm may be the cause not only of appendicitis, but of inflammatory reactions in other intra-abdominal sites and that the frequency of this occurrence is probably higher than has previously been suspected.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abdomen, Acute / diagnosis
  • Abdomen, Acute / etiology*
  • Appendicitis / diagnosis
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammation
  • Omentum*
  • Oxyuriasis / complications*
  • Oxyuriasis / diagnosis
  • Salpingitis / complications*
  • Salpingitis / diagnosis