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Case report: Loiasis with peripheral nerve involvement and spleen lesions.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  21540382     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Loiasis, which is caused by the filarial nematode Loa loa, affects millions of persons living in the rainforest areas and savannah regions of central Africa. Typical manifestations are calabar swellings and the eyeworm. We report a case of loiasis with unusual clinical complications: a peripheral neuropathy and focal hypo-echogenic lesions of the spleen, which disappeared after treatment with albendazole and ivermectin. The literature reports that L. loa infection can be associated with various manifestations, some of them being serious. More information is needed to better characterize the protean manifestations of the disease in loiasis-endemic areas to evaluate the true incidence of loiasis.
Federico Gobbi; Michel Boussinesq; Marta Mascarello; Andrea Angheben; Maria Gobbo; Andrea Rossanese; Manuel Corachán; Zeno Bisoffi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1476-1645     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.     Publication Date:  2011 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-05-04     Completed Date:  2011-07-01     Revised Date:  2013-06-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370507     Medline TA:  Am J Trop Med Hyg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  733-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Centro per le Malattie Tropicali, Ospedale Sacro Cuore-Don Calabria, Negrar, Verona, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Loiasis / pathology*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Peripheral Nervous System / pathology*
Spleen / pathology*

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