What are the clinical features of whipworm infection?

Whipworms usually infect children over 5 years of age. If the infection is light there are usually no symptoms or signs. Heavy infection can cause:

  • Loose stools containing blood.
  • Rectal prolapse may occur with very heavy infections. With prolapse, the worms may be seen attached to the rectal mucosa.
  • Iron deficiency anaemia due to chronic blood loss in the stool. This may be severe.
  • Malnutrition

Whipworm infection can cause iron deficiency anaemia.

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