April 1973

Severe Pulmonary Involvement in Visceral Larva Migrans

Author Affiliations

Charlottesville, Va
From the Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville.

Am J Dis Child. 1973;125(4):599-600. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1973.04160040095020

A child with visceral larva migrans (VLM) syndrome had severe pneumonitis leading to respiratory arrest. A dramatic response followed the institution of corticosteroid therapy and mechanical ventilation. Since corticosteroids may be lifesaving, their use early in the treatment of VLM syndrome with severe respiratory involvement should be considered.