Entamoeba histolytica meningoencephalitis diagnosed by trophozoites in cerebrospinal fluid

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  • L. M. L. Goh,

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    1. Pediatric Department, Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center, Pago Pago, American Samoa
    • Corresponding author: L. M. L. Goh, Pediatric Department, Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center, Pago Pago, AS 96799, American Samoa. E-mail: lucy.goh@lbj.as

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  • J. R. Marrone

    1. Pediatric Department, Lyndon Baines Johnson Tropical Medical Center, Pago Pago, American Samoa
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  • Poster presentation by LMLG at the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Atlanta, GA, 11–15 November 2012.

Abstract

Entamoeba histolytica meningoencephalitis has not been described in the modern literature, which is distinct from that caused by free-living amoebae. We report the first case of E. histolytica meningoencephalitis without liver or brain abscesses. Cerebrospinal fluid revealed 2 + very motile trophozoites. Our patient was successfully treated with intravenous metronidazole.

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