Three gravidas with severe anemia, apparently secondary to hookworm disease are presented. In each case, the anemia and infestation were incidental findings at initial prenatal examination. These infections should be included in the differential diagnosis of anemia in pregnancy, particularly in those patients immigrating from areas in which the disease is endemic. The life cycle of the hookworm and modes of therapy are discussed.
From the Department of Obstetrics and Genecology at Martland Hospital Unit, Newark, New Jersey and the College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey at Newark.
Submitted for publication March 22, 1973.