Strongyloides Fülleborni Infection in Man

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  • U. S. Veterans Administration Hospital, Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota

A patient at this hospital, who was a veteran of 3 years' service in the South West Pacific, proved to have ova of Strongyloides in the stool. He was admitted to the hospital on March 12, 1947 with pain low in the right side of the chest, fever, and chills. Since discharge from the service in October 1945 he had suffered from frequent episodes of chills, fever, and malaise which he assumed to be malaria and treated with atabrine. In the hospital a diagnosis of amebic hepatitis was made. Treatment with emetine, followed by diodoquin, resulted in clinical and parasitological cure of the amebic infection. It is felt that the patient exhibited no symptoms attributable to the Strongyloides infection which was found incidental to his principal complaint. While there was an initial leucocyte count of 14,000 per cu. mm., which decreased to normal limits after treatment of the amebiasis, the eosinophile count did not exceed 3 per cent.