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Parasitol Today. 1994 Jun;10(6):231-3.

The role of eosinophils in Angiostrongylus cantonensis infection.

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Department of Parasitology, Akita University School of Medicine, Hondo, Akita 010, Japan.


Angiostrongylus cantonensis is the causative agent of human eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. Prominent eosinophilia in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of the patients has been used as one of the diagnostic criteria for the disease but the role(s) of the CSF eosinophils has remained to be elucidated. In this article, Kentaro Yoshimura, Hiroko Sugaya and Kazuto Ishido discuss the involvement of CSF eosinophils in the killing of intracranial worms and the damage of the central nervous system of the hosts, and consider why eosinophils in A. cantonensis infection play a more important role in nonpermissive hosts (including humans) than in the permissive rat host.

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