Exp Neurobiol.  2016 Jun;25(3):139-142. 10.5607/en.2016.25.3.139.

Toxocara canis-Associated Myelitis with Eosinophilic Pneumonia

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Neurology, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju 52727, Korea.
  • 2Department of Neurology, Gyeongsang National University, School of Medicine, Gyeongsang Institue of Health Science, Jinju 52727, Korea. pkjong@gnu.ac.kr
  • 3Department of Neurology, Gyeongsagn National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon 51472, Korea.

Abstract

The existence of Toxocara canis-specific antibodies has recently been reported in patients with atopic myelitis. Here, we report the case of a 35-year-old male patient admitted with a chief complaint of right lower limb hypoesthesia lasting for a month. The patient was diagnosed with eosinophilic pneumonia 3 months ago, and a spine MRI revealed the presence of myelitis in the cervicothoracic cord. After confirming the presence of hyper-IgE-emia and Toxocara canis antibodies, the patient was treated with steroids and albendazole treatment, which improved his symptoms. To our knowledge, this is the first case of Toxocara canis-associated myelitis with eosinophilic pneumonia.

Keyword

Myelitis; Toxocara canis; Eosionophilia; Pulmonary eosinophilia

MeSH Terms

Adult
Albendazole
Antibodies
Eosinophils*
Humans
Hypesthesia
Lower Extremity
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Male
Myelitis*
Pulmonary Eosinophilia*
Spine
Steroids
Toxocara canis
Toxocara*
Albendazole
Antibodies
Steroids
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