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CASE REPORTS
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Submitted: 2013-02-22
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Eosinophilic pneumonia in response to cutaneous larva migrans syndrome — a case report

Szymon Darocha, Liliana Wawrzyńska, Karina Oniszh, Barbara Dziewulska
Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(5):365-370.

open access

Vol 79, No 5 (2011)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2011-08-22
Submitted: 2013-02-22

Abstract

Cutaneous larva migrans is a parasitic dermatosis imported by travelers returning from tropical and subtropical regions. In cutaneous larva migrans syndrome humans are incidental hosts and the larvae are unable to complete their natural cycle. Adult hookworms live in the intestines of dogs and cats, shedding eggs in feces that hatch and mature into larvae that can remain infective for months in the soil. Larvae penetrate the skin after contact with infected soil and cause an itchy creeping eruption. Cutaneous larva migrans is not usually associated with systemic symptoms and is rarely accompanied by peripheral blood eosinophilia. We report a patient who had both cutaneous larva migrans syndrome caused by Ancylostoma brasiliense and eosinophilic pneumonia after returning from Sri Lanka. The patient has been applied intravenous corticosteroids and local treatment with albendazole ointment with a very good clinical response.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 5: 365–370

Abstract

Cutaneous larva migrans is a parasitic dermatosis imported by travelers returning from tropical and subtropical regions. In cutaneous larva migrans syndrome humans are incidental hosts and the larvae are unable to complete their natural cycle. Adult hookworms live in the intestines of dogs and cats, shedding eggs in feces that hatch and mature into larvae that can remain infective for months in the soil. Larvae penetrate the skin after contact with infected soil and cause an itchy creeping eruption. Cutaneous larva migrans is not usually associated with systemic symptoms and is rarely accompanied by peripheral blood eosinophilia. We report a patient who had both cutaneous larva migrans syndrome caused by Ancylostoma brasiliense and eosinophilic pneumonia after returning from Sri Lanka. The patient has been applied intravenous corticosteroids and local treatment with albendazole ointment with a very good clinical response.
Pneumonol. Alergol. Pol. 2011; 79, 5: 365–370
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Keywords

cutaneous larva migrans; eosinophilic pneumonia; travels; imported parasitic diseases

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Title

Eosinophilic pneumonia in response to cutaneous larva migrans syndrome — a case report

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 79, No 5 (2011)

Pages

365-370

Published online

2011-08-22

Bibliographic record

Pneumonol Alergol Pol 2011;79(5):365-370.

Keywords

cutaneous larva migrans
eosinophilic pneumonia
travels
imported parasitic diseases

Authors

Szymon Darocha
Liliana Wawrzyńska
Karina Oniszh
Barbara Dziewulska

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