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Revista Cubana de Cirugía

Print version ISSN 0034-7493On-line version ISSN 1561-2945


SOLARANA ORTIZ, Joaquín Alejandro et al. Erratic Biliary Ascariasis as an Exotic Cause of Obstructive Jaundice. Rev Cubana Cir [online]. 2022, vol.61, n.2, e1084.  Epub June 20, 2022. ISSN 0034-7493.


Ascaris lumbricoides is the most frequent helminthiasis in the human gastrointestinal tract; the highest prevalence is recorded in developing, tropical and subtropical countries. In Cuba, it constitutes an exotic cause of obstructive jaundice with few reported cases.


To describe the successful therapeutic management of a case of a man with obstructive jaundice secondary to choledochal ascariasis.

Clinical case report:

We report the case of a 74-year-old patient operated on at Lucía Íñiguez Landín Surgical Clinical Hospital, in Holguín province, for obstructive jaundice due to choledochal ascariasis, with satisfactory clinical-surgical evolution.


In developing countries, ascariasis should be taken into account as a cause of biliary or pancreatic obstructive disease. Knowledge of the clinical condition and its complications, in addition to the different treatment options, should be the domain of every physician. Obstructive jaundice due to ascaris lumbricoides constitutes an exotic cause of this parasite infestation in Cuba.

Keywords : obstructive jaundice; ascaris lumbricoides; common bile duct.

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