Rare Parasitic Infection in a Child with Neuroblastoma
- *Corresponding Author:
- Emmanuel S Hatzipantelis
AHEPA University Hospital
Kyriakidi 1, 54623
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: August 04, 2013; Accepted Date: November 16, 2013; Published Date: November 18, 2013
Citation: Hatzipantelis ES, Kourti M, Fragandrea J, Avramidou K, Sidi V, et al. (2013) Rare Parasitic Infection in a Child with Neuroblastoma. Pediat Therapeut 3:179. doi:10.4172/2161-0665.1000179
Copyright: © 2013 Hatzipantelis ES, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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.