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Case Report: Gnathostomiasis Acquired in Costa Rica in a Returning Traveler to the United Kingdom

Bapat, Anjaneya; Nickel, Beatrice; Bray, Timothy; Abbasi, Maaz; Stone, Neil; (2022) Case Report: Gnathostomiasis Acquired in Costa Rica in a Returning Traveler to the United Kingdom. The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene , 106 (4) pp. 1263-1264. 10.4269/ajtmh.21-1215. Green open access

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Abstract

Gnathostomiasis, caused by infection with nematode parasites in the genus Gnathostoma, is endemic in tropical and temperate zones, and is classically associated with East and Southeast Asia and, more recently, Latin America and Africa. We report a case of gnathostomiasis acquired in Costa Rica, which has not previously been considered an endemic country. The patient had eosinophilia with migratory myalgia, and the diagnosis was made after serological testing. Full resolution of symptoms and eosinophilia followed treatment with ivermectin and albendazole. The diagnosis can be challenging to make because of variability in presentation, lack of access to diagnostics, and emerging knowledge of endemic areas. Increased awareness of this disease among clinicians is vital for faster diagnosis and better outcomes in afflicted patients.

Type: Article
Title: Case Report: Gnathostomiasis Acquired in Costa Rica in a Returning Traveler to the United Kingdom
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.4269/ajtmh.21-1215
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.21-1215
Language: English
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UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine > Department of Imaging
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10143187
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