Schistosoma mansoni myeloradiculopathy in an 8-year-old Omani boy

Roshan Koul, Poovathoor Alexander, Euan Scrimgeour, Mohammed Idris, Kunju Joseph

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Abstract

An 8-year-old Omani boy presented with progressive ascending weakness of the lower limbs with bowel and bladder incontinence. A diagnosis of myeloradiculopathy was made on neurologic examination. Eosinophilia in the peripheral blood count and suspected endemicity in his region of residence raised the diagnostic possibility of neuroschistosomiasis. Cerebrospinal fluid findings, high schistosoma antibody titre, magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, and detection of Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the stool confirmed the diagnosis. The boy recovered significantly after receiving praziquantel and methylprednisolone. Neurological symptoms at presentation could be due to parasitic infection and should be considered in an endemic region. Eosinophilia in the peripheral blood count may be the first indicator.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-186
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Tropical Pediatrics
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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