Ascaris lumbricoides

Definition of Ascaris lumbricoides:

The adult A lumbricoides is a large, cream-colored worm.  Adult males are 6-12 inches (15-30cm) in length, and adult females are 8-14 inches (20-35cm) in length.  Signs include passage of adult worm(s) from mouth or anus; wheezing (early infection); mild abdominal tenderness (established infection).  Uncommon in the US (approximately 1.5% of people are infected, mainly in the rural southeast), it affects more than 25% of the population of Third World nations.

Also: Ascariasis, Intestinal Roundworm

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Parasite Infection

...the condition
“...Three of the most common kinds of worms are roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura) and hookworm (Ancylostoma duodenale and Necator americanus).  These worms live in the intestines and their numbers build up through repeated...”

Roundworm Infection

...the condition
“Estimates suggest that one quarter of the world's population is infected with the intestinal roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides...”
...relationship to Increased Intestinal Permeability / Leaky Gut
“Types of roundworm called Strongyloides and Ascaris lumbricoides can cause increased intestinal permeability.”
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