Round worm (Ascaria); may lodge itself in :
- The common bile duct and gall bladder, Obstruction to the common bile duct is likely to obstruct the free flow of bile resulting in obstructive jaundice and inflammation of bile channel called cholangitis.
- Pancreatic duct; may result in pancreatitis,
- Liver, to cause liver abscess,
- Small intestine, where it is likely to cause;
- Pain abdomen and vomiting
- Intestinal obstruction; adult round worms living or dead after administration of drugs or as such may cause obstruction of the alimentary tract which may arouse an emergency situation.
- Appendicitis etc.
Ascaria larva during the course of its development passes through the respiratory tract to come over to the alimentary tract once again, while passing may cause night hawking cough and sometimes lungs infection by secondary bacterial invasion.
It can be a cause of tropical eosinophilia and affect the respiratory function.
These may become irritated by anesthetics administered for a surgery and come up, to be aspirated to the respiratory tract, while the patient has not fully recovered from the sedative effect of the drugs; may cause fatal collapse of lungs.
(EGG of Ascaria)
Helminthiasis, an infestation by these worms or helminthes is to be treated carefully and seriously. The main preventives are; washing hands thoroughly with good soap, taking care while eating raw eaten fruits and vegetables, and safe drinking water.