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February 10, 1945


JAMA. 1945;127(6):354-355. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860060052023

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To the Editor:—  The editorial "Transitory Pulmonary Infiltrations Associated With Eosinophilia—Loeffler's Syndrome," which appeared in The Journal, Nov. 25, 1944, was a most interesting summary of a condition that seems to have suffered unmerited neglect. In discussing the possible etiologic role played by parasites, reference was made in the editorial only to Ascaris lumbricoides, Fasciola hepatica and Endameba histolytica. Transient pulmonary infiltrations are known to occur in patients infected with Necator americanus and, possibly even more commonly, in patients infected with Strongyloides stercoralis.Pulmonary changes associated with strongyloidiasis are well appreciated in animals (Blacklock, B., and Adler, S.: The Pathological Effects Produced by Strongyloides in a Chimpanzee, Ann. Trop. Med.16:283 [Oct.] 1922. Faust, E. C.: Experimental Studies on Human and Primate Species of Strongyloides: IV. The Pathology of Strongyloides Infection, Arch. Path.19:769 [June] 1935. Lecarpentier-Dubosq, M.: La strongylose broncho-pulmonaire des bovidés: Traitment et prophylaxie, Ecole nat.

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