Hookworm Disease Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Jul 16, 2021
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Once iron-deficiency anemia from blood loss is diagnosed, it is important to remember that rare causes of intestinal blood loss (eg, polyps and Meckel diverticulum) are far less common in developing countries than is hookworm disease.

Respiratory symptoms with peripheral eosinophilia suggest a parasitic etiology.