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Ann Acad Med Singapore. 1991 May;20(3):374-8.

A review of 58 patients in Singapore with significantly high anti-Toxoplasma serotitres.

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  • 1Department of Pathology, Singapore General Hospital.


Over a 42-month period, 58 patients presenting at the Singapore General Hospital were identified to have IgG anti-Toxoplasma serotitres of 1:1024 or higher by the indirect immunofluorescence test. This retrospective study examines the clinical presentation and management of these 58 patients. About 60% of these 58 patients had presented with lymphadenopathy, 20% with ocular symptoms and 14% with bad obstetric history. Almost all patients with IgG anti-Toxoplasma serotitres exceeding 1:1024 had presented with lymphadenopathy (with a modal titre of 1:4096). In contrast, most of the patients who presented with ocular symptoms or bad obstetric history had lower modal titres. The majority of patients who had presented with lymphadenopathy were Chinese, aged 21 to 35. Typically, they presented with a painless, mobile, solitary cervical node of three to four weeks duration as the only symptom, had biopsies where the histopathology was suggestive of toxoplasmosis, received no treatment and experienced no sequelae. The study concludes that: acute toxoplasmosis is common in Singapore and presents typically as asymptomatic cervical lymphadenopathy in a young Chinese; the incidence of congenital infection is also believed to be high, based on the number of cases presenting with fetal wastage and the prevalence of ocular toxoplasmosis; pigs in Singapore may constitute an important reservoir for the transmission of this disease to man.

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