Aim Intestinal parasitic infections are frequently seen in developing countries. Clinical findings such as abdominal pain, anal itching, salivation during sleep, and nazal itching are related with the prevalence of parasitic infection. The reported ranges from different cities in Turkey vary between 4.4% and 44.6%. We aimed to look for the prevalence of intestinal parasytes in children who were brought to our clinic in a 3-years’ period.
Material and method The laboratory and clinical data of the children who were admitted to the Department of Pediatrics between January 2010 and December 2012 were retrospectively evaluated. Age, major complaint of the children were noted.
Results A total of 1790 stool samples were studied and 116 samples (6.48%) had intestinal parasites. There were 1712 children aged between 5 month and 17 years. The complaints were abdominal pain, failure to thrive and anal itching. Intestinal parasites were Giardia intestinalis 33 (1.84%), Blastocystis hominis 52 (2.9%), Enterobius vermicularis 13 (0.72%), Entamoeba coli 17 (0.95%), Maya was found in 95 stool samples (5.3%). Multiple parasites were seen in 1 (0.05%) sample (Blastocystis hominis, Entamoeba coli).
Conclusion Intestinal parsites are frequently seen in developing countries. The mean vales are reported as 12%, 10% and 19% from different cities in Turkey, ranging between 4.4% and 44.6%. We found 6.5% intestinal parasites among children. The most common parasite was B. hominis and G. intestinalis. The prevalence and type of the parasites are similar when compared with the studies made in our country.