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Klin Padiatr. 1998 May-Jun;210(3):128-31.

[Toxocariasis in a 5-year-old boy--manifesting as bronchial asthma and behavioral disorder].

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  • 1Klinische Abteilung für Pulmonologie, Univ.-Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendheilkunde Graz.


We report on a five year old boy who was admitted to hospital because of obstructive airway disease; initially, findings were interpreted to indicate bronchial asthma. In addition, the patient presented with a behavioural abnormality of aggressiveness and hyperactivity. Laboratory examinations showed an elevated IgE level and eosinophilia, chest x-ray revealed infiltrations in both lungs. After excluding a spectrum of chronic lung disorders by relevant investigations, serological testing for parasitosis revealed massively elevated toxocara IgG antibodies. The diagnosis of a "covert form" of toxocarosis was established and an antihelminthic therapy with albendazole was initiated. Chronic respiratory symptoms in childhood can also indicate the presence of a parasitic infestation.

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