Transfusional Mansonella perstans microfilariasis

E. R. Bregani, L. Balzarini, C. Ghiringhelli, P. Tarsia

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Abstract

Mansonella perstans filariasis is widely distributed across the center of Africa and equatorial America. We describe a case of post-transfusional M. perstans microfilariasis in a young child, affected with severe Plasmodium falciparum malaria, admitted in Goundi Hospital in South of Chad. A decrease of M. perstans microfilariasis in the patient's blood was observed, with no subsequent development of either clinical symptoms or eosinophilia. We suggest that, in endemic areas, transfused M. perstans microfilariae may be cleared from the blood over relatively short periods of time. It is likely that only adult worms are responsible for symptoms and eosinophilia, whereas microfilariae in the bloodstream are unable to give clinical manifestations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-72
Number of pages2
JournalParassitologia
Volume45
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Keywords

  • Chad
  • Mansonella perstans
  • Transfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)

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