Bacterial complications of strongyloidiasis: Streptococcus bovis meningitis

Kurt Link, Robert Orenstein

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We report the case of a 64-year-old veteran who had Streptococcus bovis meningitis as a result of a long latent Strongyloides infection that became acute when he was treated with prednisone. We reviewed 88 reported cases of serious bacterial infections associated with strongyloidiasis. Patients most frequently had nonspecific gastrointestinal symptoms. Of these 38 patients, 21 (55%) had meningitis, and 28 (73%) had bacteremia that was polymicrobial in 3 cases (8%). Other sites of infection included lung, bone marrow, ascites, mitral valve, and lymph node. Most infections were due to enteric gram-negative bacteria. There is one previously reported case of S bovis meningitis. Thirty-four of the patients (89%) were immunosuppressed; 21 of these (55%) were taking pharmacologic doses of adrenal corticosteroids. Thirty-three of the 38 (87%) patients died. Patients with enteric bacterial infection without an obvious cause should be tested for the presence of strongyloidiasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-731
Number of pages4
JournalSouthern medical journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 1999

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