Meningitis by Toxocara canis after ingestion of raw ostrich liver

Young Noh, Sung Tae Hong, Ji Young Yun, Hong Kyun Park, Jung Hwan Oh, Young Eun Kim, Beom S. Jeon

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Recently reports on toxocariasis are increasing by serodiagnosis in Korea. A previously healthy 17-yr-old boy complained of headache, fever, dyspnea, and anorexia. He showed symptoms and signs of eosinophilic meningitis with involvement of the lungs and liver. Specific IgG antibody to Toxocara canis larval antigen was positive in serum and cerebrospinal fluid by ELISA. He took raw ostrich liver with his parents 4 weeks before the symptom onset. His parents were seropositive for T. canis antigen but had no symptoms or signs suggesting toxocariasis. This is the first report of toxocariasis in a family due to ingestion of raw ostrich liver in Korea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1105-1108
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Korean Medical Science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Meningitis
  • Ostrich
  • Raw liver
  • Toxocara canis
  • Visceral larva migrans


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