BMJ Case Reports 2017; doi:10.1136/bcr-2016-218857

Anisakiasis: a growing cause of abdominal pain!

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  1. David Serra2
  1. 1Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital Egas Moniz, Centro Hospitalar de Lisboa Ocidental, Lisboa, Portugal
  2. 2Department of Gastroenterology, Hospital da Luz, Lisboa, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Joana Carmo, joanavcarmo{at}
  • Accepted 12 March 2017
  • Published 11 May 2017


A previously healthy man, aged 32 years, was admitted with severe epigastric pain, vomiting and low-grade fever since the previous week. On physical examination, he had moderate abdominal tenderness. Laboratory results showed mild leucocytosis. After a careful interview, he revealed that he recently ate sushi. An upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed and showed on the gastric body, a filiform parasite firmly attached to an area of swollen and hyperaemic mucosa, with its end penetrating the gastric mucosa (figure 1). The larva …

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