Journal Article

First Report of <i>Schistosoma mekongi</i> Infection with Brain Involvement

Stan Houston, Kinga Kowalewska-Grochowska, Sandeep Naik, John McKean, ES Johnson and Ken Warren

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 1, pages e1-e6
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/379826
First Report of Schistosoma mekongi Infection with Brain Involvement

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We describe, to our knowledge, the first reported case of Schistosoma mekongi infection with brain involvement. S. mekongi is a distinct species most closely related to Schistosoma japonicum that is endemic in a defined area of the Mekong River in Laos and Cambodia and characteristically associated with hepatosplenic disease. The patient had an excellent response to praziquantel therapy but required repeated courses of corticosteroid therapy to suppress recrudescent neurological symptoms.

Journal Article.  2679 words.  Illustrated.

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

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