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Will having worms make the belly stick out like the kids in other countries?

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Dr. Christopher Coller
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In brief: Not necessarily

Bloating or abdominal distension could be caused by parasites or many other things.
Likewise, not having distension does not necessarily rule out a parasitic infection. It is important to consider other symptoms before choosing what tests and treatments are appropriate. Pictures you see of bloated children are more likely related to kwashiorkor/malnutrition.

In brief: Not necessarily

Bloating or abdominal distension could be caused by parasites or many other things.
Likewise, not having distension does not necessarily rule out a parasitic infection. It is important to consider other symptoms before choosing what tests and treatments are appropriate. Pictures you see of bloated children are more likely related to kwashiorkor/malnutrition.
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