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Synergistic Typhoid and Taenia Solium Intestinal Perforation

Case reports

Abstract

Typhoid and intestinal infestation with parasites are common and may co-exist especially in the tropics. Their synergistic acute abdominal presentation is rare. We here report a 38-year-old male who presented with complaints suggestive of enteric fever and signs of peritonitis. Following baseline investigations, laparotomy was performed which proved to be a surgical surprise. A live tape worm was seen pouting out of the terminal ileal perforation. The clinical presentation and the stringent attention to preventive measures are discussed.