Opportunistic Strongyloides stercoralis infection in lymphoma patients. Report of a case and review of the literature

R. M. Genta, P. Miles, K. Fields

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Abstract

Strongyloides stercoralis is an intestinal parasite that may cause fatal opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients. Herein is reported a patient who developed fatal disseminated strongyloidiasis 6 weeks after the initiation of chemotherapy for a large cell lymphoma of the small intestine. After reviewing the clinical and epidemiologic features of 16 other cases of disseminated strongyloidiasis in patients with malignant lymphomas, the currently available laboratory methods for the diagnosis of this parasite are outlined. Because uncomplicated infections are treatable, candidates for chemotherapy or immunosuppression with a relevant geographic history should be screened for S. stercoralis prior to the initiation of the treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1407-1411
Number of pages5
JournalCancer
Volume63
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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