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Acta Neurológica Colombiana

versão impressa ISSN 0120-8748

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QUINTERO CUSGUEN, Patricia  e  GUTIERREZ ALVAREZ, Ángela María. Neurotoxocarosis, a meningo-encephalitis. Acta Neurol Colomb. [online]. 2013, vol.29, n.2, pp.109-111. ISSN 0120-8748.

Human toxocariasis is due to Toxocara species larvae migration through their organism, causing a great variety of symptoms. Central nervous system infection is defined by neurologic symptoms in conjunction with histopathological or parasitological diagnosis, a positive immunodiagnostic test result for serum or cerebrospinal fluid. This report describes one case of neurotoxocariasis manifested by headache and epilepsy. The patient lived in a modest home with her sons and four puppies thereby providing positive epidemiological information. The patient’s blood revealed positive anti-Toxocara canis antibodies. Serodiagnosis studies of her sons also proved positive. This paper attempts giving a synoptic overview of this almost unknown helminthozoonosis; summarises the most important epidemiological parameters and presents the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities available today.

Palavras-chave : Toxocara canis; Toxocara; Epidemiology; Nervous system.

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