Strongyloides Infection and Meningitis in an Immunocompromised Host

Suryanarayanan VishwanathDepartment of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610

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Robin Allen BakerDepartment of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610

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Bernard J. MansheimDepartment of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610

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Strongyloidiasis and aseptic meningitis occurred in a renal transplant recipient who was receiving immunosuppressive drugs. Cure followed therapy with antibiotic administration for 3 days combined with oral thiabendazole, suggestin parasitic infection as the most likely cause of meningitis. Awareness of this disease and need for prompt institution of therapy is stressed. Prophylactic administration of thiabendazole is probably preventive.

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