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Colonic Anisakiasis

Open AccessPublished:September 06, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gastha.2022.08.010
      A 75-year-old man with hypertension, who was otherwise healthy, underwent a surveillance colonoscopy 1 year after a polypectomy. He had no specific symptoms, and his vital signs were normal. The examination showed an Anisakis larva invading the mucosa of the proximal ascending colon, where a semilunar fold was edematous and thickened with a small erosion on the inserted site (Figure A). Magnifying endoscopy with narrow-band imaging revealed a small whitish elongated spot (the ventricle, an organ located between the esophagus and the intestine of Anisakis larva), which was more clearly visible than with conventional white-light endoscopy (Figure B). The larva was removed using biopsy forceps, and no symptoms were seen after the colonoscopy. The patient revealed that he had eaten sushi, sashimi, and shime saba (vinegared mackerel) 4–5 days before the colonoscopy.