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Human Gongylonema pulchrum Infection: Esophageal Symptoms and Need for Prolonged Albendazole Therapy

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  • 1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 2 Division of Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.
  • 3 Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System-Waycross, Waycross, Georgia.
  • 4 Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida.

We describe a case of human infection with Gongylonema pulchrum acquired in southeast Georgia. The patient presented with intermittent yet persistent nausea and vomiting for months. This case describes the need for extraction of worms on two occasions each followed by courses of albendazole treatment. Gongylonema pulchrum infections with high worm burden may relapse after extraction of the worm and a 3-day short course of albendazole therapy. Longer courses of albendazole may be indicated in selected circumstances.

Author Notes

* Address correspondence to Claudia R. Libertin, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224. E-mail: libertin.claudia@mayo.edu

Authors' addresses: Claudia R. Libertin, Division of Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, and Department of Microbiology, Mayo Clinic Health System, Waycross, GA, E-mail: libertin.claudia@mayo.edu. Mohammed Reza, Division of Hospital Internal Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL, E-mail: reza.mohammed@mayo.edu. Joy H. Peterson, Jason Lewis, and D. Jane Hata, Departments of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Mayo Clinic Health System, Waycross, GA, E-mails: peterson.joy1@mayo.edu, lewis.jason@mayo.edu, and hata.donna@mayo.edu.

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