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Exp Neurobiol 2016; 25(3): 139-142

Published online June 30, 2016

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Toxocara canis -Associated Myelitis with Eosinophilic Pneumonia

Kee Hong Park1, Young-Soo Kim1, Soo-Kyung Kim1, Nack-Cheon Choi1,2, Oh-Young Kwon1,2, ByeongHoon Lim1,2 and Ki-Jong Park2,3*

1Department of Neurology, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju 52727, 2Department of Neurology, Gyeongsang National University, School of Medicine, Gyeongsang Institue of Health Science, Jinju 52727, 3Department of Neurology, Gyeongsagn National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon 51472, Korea

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Received: March 8, 2016; Revised: April 12, 2016; Accepted: May 1, 2016


The existence of Toxocara canis-specific antibodies has recently been reported in patients with atopic myelitis. Here, we report the case of a 35-year-old male patient admitted with a chief complaint of right lower limb hypoesthesia lasting for a month. The patient was diagnosed with eosinophilic pneumonia 3 months ago, and a spine MRI revealed the presence of myelitis in the cervicothoracic cord. After confirming the presence of hyper-IgE-emia and Toxocara canis antibodies, the patient was treated with steroids and albendazole treatment, which improved his symptoms. To our knowledge, this is the first case of Toxocara canis-associated myelitis with eosinophilic pneumonia.

Keywords: Myelitis, Toxocara canis, Eosionophilia, Pulmonary eosinophilia