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Archivos argentinos de pediatría

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ARIGHI, Paula; HAUSBAUER, Gretel E; VAZQUEZ, Mercedes G  and  NASTRI, Mariana. Visceral larva migrans syndrome and hepatic abscess: A case report. Arch. argent. pediatr. [online]. 2018, vol.116, n.6, pp.e753-e756. ISSN 0325-0075.

Toxocariasis canis or catis is a zoonotic infection disseminated in humans. Human beings can act as non-natural hosts in which the parasite can survive for long periods of time and they become infected by the ingestion of geohelminth eggs. These can be located on the ground, playgrounds and children's games, and are mostly eliminated by dogs or cats. There are different spectra in the clinical presentation of this infection, which can vary from an asymptomatic host to the production of serious organic lesions; some of them are ocular toxocariasis, visceral larva migrans, covert toxocariasis and neurotoxocariasis. In this case report a patient who presents with a history of respiratory problems, prolonged fever, and hepatomegaly. Laboratory analyses show hypereosinophilia, hypergammaglobulinemia and serodiagnosis is positive for toxocariasis. Preliminary diagnosis: Visceral Larva Migrans Syndrome.

Keywords : Hypereosinophilia; Hepatic abscess; Toxocariasis.

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