Shiga toxin producing E coli bloodstream infection secondary to Strongyloides penetration through intestinal mucosa

Sancta St. Cyr, Avish Nagpal, Muhammad Rizwan Sohail

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A 51-year-old woman with diabetes, who immigrated to the USA 22 years ago from Laos, was admitted to the hospital for evaluation of fever, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. A workup for acute gastroenteritis revealed a positive stool PCR for Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli. Two sets of blood cultures drawn at admission were positive for E coli. A review of her previous medical records revealed the presence of eosinophilia, up to 20%, 14 years prior to that was never investigated. Therefore, stool samples were examined and two of three specimens were positive for Strongyloides stercoralis larvae, confirming the diagnosis of Strongyloides hyperinfection syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number200728
JournalBMJ case reports
StatePublished - Sep 10 2013


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