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PROSPECTIVE ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN INTESTINAL PARASITIC INFECTIONS AND THE OCCURRENCE OF HEMORRHOIDAL DISEASE IN A YOUNG IVOIRIANS’ POPULATION
Ahoua Yapi*, Anon Franck-Donald N’Guessan, Douh Gona Serge Pacôme, Kouakou Egnon Konan Vivien, Aké-Tano SassorOdile Purifine and Kouakou Ernest Amoikon
This epidemiological study is a contribution to the research of the etiopathogenic factors of hemorrhoids. Its main objective was to investigate a possible relationship between intestinal parasitic infectionsand the occurrence of hemorrhoidal disease in young Ivorians population. The investigation was designed as a descriptive and analytical cross-sectional survey in which 1228 students have been enrolled at the University Félix Houphouët-Boigny (UFHB) in Côte d'Ivoire. The respondents had an average age of 22.5 years and were composed of individuals from all the five ethnic groups of the country. The results showed an important prevalence of hemorrhoids and intestinal parasitosis in the population and revealed, for the first time in Côte d'Ivoire, that persons with intestinal parasitic infections, namely, protozoa, were exposed to hemorrhoids.[Full Text Article]