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Indian J Med Microbiol. 2006 Jul;24(3):220-1.

Eosinophilic meningitis due to Angiostrongylus cantonensis.

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Department of Medicine, Medical College, Kottayam, Kerala - 686 575, India.


Angiostrongylus cantonensis is a nematode parasite that inhabits the pulmonary arteries and heart of rodents. It is one of the causative agents of fatal eosinophilic meningoencephalitis in man. We present five cases of eosinophilic meningitis presumably due to infection with Angiostrongylus cantonensis . All the five patients gave history of ingestion of monitor lizard within ten days of onset of symptoms.

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