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Meningoencephalitis and Visceral Larva Migrans in a Woman With Intense Exposure to Cats

Tobin, Ellis H. MD*; Zhang, Jianhui MD; Maton, Bruno MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 221-222
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181f69a3c
Case Reports

A 42-year-old woman developed eosinophilic meningitis after exposure to cats. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed numerous areas of abnormal enhancement. A lung nodule contained eosinophilic infiltrates. Toxocara antibodies were present in serum and cerebrospinal fluid. Meningoencephalitis and visceral larva migrans due to Toxocara cati are postulated.

From the *Upstate Infectious Diseases Associates and Albany Medical College, Albany, NY; †Neurological Specialists, PC, Stratford, CT; and ‡Sentara Neurology Specialist, Norfolk, VA.

Correspondence to: Ellis H. Tobin, MD, Upstate Infectious Diseases Associates, 567 New Scotland Ave, Albany, NY 12208. E-mail:

The authors have no personal or financial support or involvement with any organization with financial interest in the subject matter or any actual or potential conflict of interest.

The work was performed at Albany Medical Center Hospital, Albany, NY.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.