Toxocariasis

Aka visceral larva migrans or roundworm

Etiology

  • Definitive hosts cats and dogs

Risk Factors

  • Humans ingest eggs from dirt→ eggs hatch in intestines→ larvae can travel to lungs, eyes, CNS, liver

Symptoms

  • Many are asx
  • Derm: rash
  • Can cause fever, fatigue
  • Pulmonary: cough, SOB, wheezing
  • Occular: visual loss (affects multiple areas of the eye)
  • Gi: abdominal pain, hepatitis

Physical Exam Findings

  • Fever
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Urticarial rash

Tests

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