Probable Filariasis in a Vietnam Veteran

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  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston Veterans Administration Hospital, Charleston, South Carolina 29401

A 23-year-old Vietnam veteran with recurrent attacks of deep pelvic pain and persistent eosinophilia of over 20% was thought to have filariasis without microfilaremia. Treatment with diethylcarbamazine resulted in clinical cure and rapid disappearance of the hypereosinophilia.