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Turkish Journal of Cancer
2008, Volume 38, Number 3, Page(s) 145-146
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Filariasis as a cause of subileus and exitus in a patient with solid tumor
OKAN KUZHAN1, YILDIRIM KARSLIOĞLU2, AHMET ÖZET1, ÖMER GÜNHAN2
1Gülhane Medical School, Departments of Medical Oncology, Ankara-Turkey
2Gülhane Medical School, Departments of Pathology, Ankara-Turkey

A 61-years old male patient with previous history of thyroid papillary cancer was hospitalized because of nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, pruritus and obstipatiton. Paralytic or mechanic ileus as a tumor complication was considered in the differential diagnosis. But to our surprise, endoscopic biopsy showed viable microfilaria in gastric glands. Even rare, parasitic diseases should be taken into consideration in the differential diagnosis of comorbid conditions in cancer patients. [Turk J Cancer 2008;38(3):145-146]

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