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  • helminth found in Central America and Far East
  • may be asymptomatic for many years
  • reactivates following immunosuppression
  • clinical features include:
    - subacute intestinal obstruction
    - polymicrobial bacteraemia (due to helminth burrowing through intestinal wall)
    - gram negative meningitis due to penetration of helminth into CSF
  • treatment: thiabendazole or mebendazole repeated if necessary
  • associated with HTLV I

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