Strongyloides stercoralis - a Legacy from the Past

Chora, Inês and Pimentel, Rodrigo and Friões, Fernando and Dias, Paula and Silva, Sérgio (2016) Strongyloides stercoralis - a Legacy from the Past. European Journal of Case Reports in Internal Medicine, 2 (7). pp. 1-3. ISSN 2284-2594

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The authors present the case of a 65-year-old Caucasian man who had previously lived in Guinea-Bissau. The patient was diagnosed in Portugal with an anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis and started on corticosteroids plus cyclophosphamide, with clinical improvement. Some months later, his general status deteriorated, iatrogenic bicytopenia developed and immunosuppressive drugs were tapered. Microbiological tests identified numerous larvae and eggs of Strongyloides stercoralis in various biological samples, and a diagnosis of hyperinfection syndrome was established. The patient was started on antihelminthic drugs but developed septic shock and died. This case highlights a rare and severe complication of immunosuppression in developed countries.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: L'articolo è stato pubblicato nei Latest online nel 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody-associated vasculitis, Immunosuppression, strongyloides stercoralis
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale)
Depositing User: Chiara D'Arpa
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2016 15:06
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 15:06

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