ROBERT E. KAUFMAN, M.D.
Trichiniasis is an acute febrile illness caused by a nematode, Trichinella spiralis ["little spiral hair"]. This disease is the only metazoan infestation in humans which is regularly accompanied by fever. It is a much more common disease than is generally recognized, having been found in from 10 to 25 per cent of autopsies in which trichinae were specifically searched for.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 As summarized by Hall6: "Nine groups of workers from 24 hospitals in 11 widely scattered cities in the United States found over 12 per cent of cadavers with evidence of trichinous infection. Trichinosis is a major
KAUFMAN RE. TRICHINIASIS: CLINICAL CONSIDERATIONS1. Ann Intern Med. ;13:1431–1460. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-13-8-1431
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1940;13(8):1431-1460.
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