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December 1970

Occult Helminth Infection With Appearance of Splenic and Lung Calcifications

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, and Boston City Hospital, Boston.

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(6):555-556. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100110103014

A young Negro boy with occult helminth infection, most likely due to Toxocara canis, developed splenic and pulmonary calcifications after the acute process subsided. Hyperkinetic behavior and the appearance of seizure activity two years after his infection raise the question as to whether parasites might have produced these phenomena.

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