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Can hook worms enter organs?

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

The larvae (immature form of the worm) get into the skin.
The larvae move to the lungs via the bloodstream and enter the airways. The worms are about 1/2 inch long. After traveling up the windpipe, the larva are swallowed. After the larvae are swallowed, they infect the small intestine. They develop into adult worms, live there for 1 or more years. Adult worms and larvae r released in the feces.

In brief: Yes

The larvae (immature form of the worm) get into the skin.
The larvae move to the lungs via the bloodstream and enter the airways. The worms are about 1/2 inch long. After traveling up the windpipe, the larva are swallowed. After the larvae are swallowed, they infect the small intestine. They develop into adult worms, live there for 1 or more years. Adult worms and larvae r released in the feces.
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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