oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Cerebral filariasis caused by Acanthocheilonema perstans

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



In two patients, one a European and the other an African, microfilariae resembling those of A. perstans were found in the cerebrospinal fluid. The European showed evidence m a serious and diffuse lesion affecting the brain and probably the spinal cord, the disorder being best descriptionbed as an acute encephalomyelitis. Although this patient also had ova of S. mansoni, reasons are advanced as to why we favoured a filarial encephalitis. The African had a temporary and mild illness characterised by headache, drowsiness and fatigue and his symptoms cleared spontaneously.

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