Loiasis in an expatriate American child: Diagnostic and treatment difficulties

Academic Article


  • Eight filarial nematodes cause disease in man, and it is estimated that various forms of filariasis affect more than 300 million persons worldwide. Whereas the elephantiasis of the lymphatic dwelling filarial infections and the 'river blindness' of onchocerciasis are well known, much less is known about disease caused by infection with Loa loa. It is clear, however, that infection with L loa or with any the lymphatic filariases can cause a syndrome manifesting as immunologic hypresponsivity to the parasite. This case report, believed to be one of the few in which filarial infection in an American child has been reported, reflects the difficulties involved in both diagnosis and treatment of suspected filariasis.
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  • Pediatrics  Journal
  • Author List

  • Olness K; Freedman DO
  • Start Page

  • 943
  • End Page

  • 946
  • Volume

  • 80
  • Issue

  • 6