Psychoneurotic Disturbances in Filariasis, and Their Relief by Removal of Adult Worms or Treatment with Hetrazan

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Four cases of filariasis are described, two with L. loa and two with W. bancrofti, in which the pathology was restricted to severe psychoneurotic changes with apparent involvement of the central nervous system. After the surgical removal of adult L. loa, and treatment of the W. bancrofti cases with Hetrazan, the patients were relived completely of their symptoms.

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Formerly with the Governmental Medical Service, Belgian Congo, and resident physician, Berbice Company Ltd., Kwakwani, British Guiana. Present address: 336 West End Avenue, New York, New York.

Parasitologist, Research Division, Lederle Laboratories Division, American Cyanamid Company, Pearl River, New York.