Familiar Occurrence of Toxocariasis in Children

Authors: M. Szilágyiová 1;  K. Šimeková 1;  H. Poláček 2;  J. Kinčeková 3
Authors‘ workplace: Infekčná klinika Jesseniovej LF UK a MFN, Martin1 vedúca prof. MUDr. M. Szilágyiová, CSc. Rádiodiagnostická klinika Jesseniovej LFUK a MFN, Martin2 vedúci MUDr. H. Poláček, CSc. Parazitologický ústav SAV, Košice3 vedúci prof. MUDr. P. Dubinský, DrSc.
Published in: Čes-slov Pediat 2004; (5): 246-248.


The paper presents three case reports of toxocarosis in children - two siblings and their cousin - with probablecommon source of infection. Toxocariasis was diagnosed by serology based on the finding of eosinophilia (70%)during examination for anemia in one child and by a purposeful preventive screening (depistage) examination inthe two other children. Two siblings displayed numerous hypoechogenic foci of the size up to 1 cm in ultrasonographicexamination while the echogenicity of the liver was diffusely increased. Laboratory examination revealedelevation of aspartate aminotransferase in two of them. All three children were treated withmebendazol under thecontrol of blood picture, hepatic tests, USG and antibodies against the toxocariasis antigen.

Key words:
toxocariasis, familiar occurrence, children

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