Volume 75, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


We report a familial case of visceral larva migrans (VLM) caused by larvae. Patient 1 was a 45-year-old man who presented to our university hospital complaining of mild fever, general fatigue, and headache. Patient 2 was a 71-year-old man and was the father of Patient 1; he presented complaining of cough and hyper-viscous white sputum. Laboratory data from both patients showed extensive eosinophilia, their chest X-ray findings revealed multiple pulmonary infiltrates, and their bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) showed an elevated eosinophil count. The diagnosis of VLM was made based on a positive result in a serological test using larval excretory–secretory both in the serum and BALF. larvae were identified in meat that was prepared from chicken taken from the same source as that ingested. This is the first report to identify antibodies in BALF in patients with VLM.


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  • Received : 01 Feb 2006
  • Accepted : 05 Apr 2006

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