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Diagnostic Significance of Blood Eosinophilia in Returning Travelers

C. Schulte, B. Krebs, T. Jelinek, H. D. Nothdurft, F. von Sonnenburg and T. Löscher

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 34, issue 3, pages 407-411
Published in print February 2002 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2002 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/338026
Diagnostic Significance of Blood Eosinophilia in Returning Travelers

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This study was conducted to investigate the predictive value of blood eosinophilia (total white blood cell count with ⩾8% eosinophils) for the diagnosis of travel-related infections in 14,298 patients who returned from developing countries. The data show that blood eosinophilia in travelers returning from developing countries has only limited predictive value for the presence of travel-related infections. However, the likelihood of the presence of helminth infections increases considerably with the extent of eosinophilia.

Journal Article.  1947 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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