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Encephalopathy caused by visceral larva migrans due to Ascaris suum.

Authors
  • Inatomi, Y
  • Murakami, T
  • Tokunaga, M
  • Ishiwata, K
  • Nawa, Y
  • Uchino, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Apr 01, 1999
Volume
164
Issue
2
Pages
195–199
Identifiers
PMID: 10402033
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We described a patient with encephalopathy associated with visceral larva migrans (VLM) caused by Ascaris suum. He suffered from drowsiness, quadriparesis, eosinophilia and elevated serum IgE levels. Brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed multiple cerebral cortical and white matter lesions. Serological tests indicated recent infection with A. suum. Pulse steroid therapy relieved the patient's central nervous system symptoms and marked improvement of lesions on brain MR images. We concluded that the encephalopathy in this patient was probably caused by VLM due to Ascaris suum.

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