VISCERAL larva migrans, recently described by Beaver and his associates, presents an origin for a group of the extreme eosinophilias found in children.1 The actual demonstration of larvae or ova in a liver biopsy appears necessary to make the diagnosis.2 Since such a procedure is necessarily limited, an alternative method of diagnosis would be advisable. The following case is presented to show a probable relation between such an eosinophilic condition and lung infiltrations with serological evidence of parasitic infection.
REPORT OF CASE
K. C., a 28-month-old white boy, was first seen on Sept. 19, 1952, referred from the surgical service for an evaluation prior to surgery on a left indirect inguinal hernia. The routine blood cell count revealed a leucocyte count of 49,200, with 75% eosinophiles in the differential count.This boy was the third of four children. The mother's preportal course was uneventful and delivery was normal.
FELLERS FX. AGGLUTINATION STUDIES IN VISCERAL LARVA MIGRANS. AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(6):767–771. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080782007
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: