Педиатрия и терапия

Педиатрия и терапия
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ISSN: 2161-0665


Rare Parasitic Infection in a Child with Neuroblastoma

Emmanuel S Hatzipantelis *,Kourti M ,Fragandrea J ,Avramidou K ,Sidi V ,Koliouskas DE

We report a two-year old boy with neuroblastoma, from immigrant parents, who during chemotherapy complained for abdominal pain that was initially misdiagnosed as neutropenic colitis. Repeated full blood counts revealed persistent peripheral eosinophilia and three stool specimens that were collected on consecutive days were found positive for Ascaris Lumbricoides. The child was treated with 2 courses of mebendazole. The possibility of a parasitic infection in an immunocompromised patient with abdominal pain should always be considered, regardless of the geographical location. High index of suspicion and early diagnosis can lead to effective treatment and favorable outcome.