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Table 1

Features of hospital discharge records (HDRs) with the 124 code (for trichinellosis) downloaded from the Italian Ministry of Health website for the period 2005–2016.

HDR features No. (%)
Records with the 124 code erroneously reported due to: 72 (70.6)
– Typing errors 43 (42.1)
– Use of a new HDR code for the hospital readmission of trichinellosis cases at follow-up 8 (7.8)
– Inadequate diagnostic toolsa 5 (4.9)
– Presence of only eosinophilia 5 (4.9)
– Absence of clarity between the genus name Trichuris and Trichinella 4 (3.9)
– Serum sample(s) tested by unreliable commercial kit 4 (3.9)
– Absence of clarity between trichilemmoma and trichinellosis 2 (1.9)
– Absence of clarity between trichiasis and trichinosis 1 (0.9)
Records correctly reporting the 124 code 30 (29.4)
Total records 102 (100)
a

Copromicroscopic test of fecal samples (three patients, one of whom with Trichuris trichiura eggs); colonoscopy with biopsy (one patient) and without biopsy (one patient).

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