SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online

 
vol.27 issue4Human and animal fascioliasis in Peru: impact in the economy of endemic zonesTowards a national commission on health research ethics in Peru: reflections on the routes and processes comparing viewpoints author indexsubject indexarticles search
Home Page  

Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Pública

Print version ISSN 1726-4634

Abstract

ROLDAN, William H.; ESPINOZA, Yrma A.; HUAPAYA, Pedro E.  and  JIMENEZ, Susana. Diagnosis of human toxocarosis. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [online]. 2010, vol.27, n.4, pp. 613-620. ISSN 1726-4634.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1726-46342010000400019.

Human toxocarosis is an important parasitic zoonosis caused by larval stages of Toxocara species, the roundworms from dogs and cats. Larval migration through different soft tissues in the human generates several clinical entities in the patient, such as visceral larva migrans, ocular toxocarosis, and neurotoxocarosis. Definitive diagnosis by histopathological methods is very difficult or almost impossible and, nowadays, the diagnosis is usually made by clinical signs/symptoms, epidemiological background of the patient and the use of hematological and immunological tests which finally help to confirm the clinical suspicion of the illness. The purpose of this paper was to update the available knowledge on the use of different tools for both the diagnosis and following up of human toxocarosis.

Keywords : Toxocara; Zoonoses; Diagnosis; Immunologic test; Review.

        · abstract in Spanish     · text in Spanish     · pdf in Spanish