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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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Abstract

FURTADO, Karen Cristini Yumi Ogawa et al. Occurrence of strongyloidiasis among patients with HTLV-1/2 seen at the outpatient clinic of the Núcleo de Medicina Tropical, Belém, State of Pará, Brazil. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2013, vol.46, n.2, pp.241-243. ISSN 0037-8682.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/0037-8682-981-2013.

Introduction

This study investigated the occurrence of Strongyloides stercoralis infestation and coinfection with HTLV-1/2 in Belém, Brazil.

Methods

S. stercoralis was investigated in stool samples obtained from individuals infected with HTLV-1/2 and their uninfected relatives.

Results

The frequency of S. stercoralis was 9% (9/100), including six patients infected with HTLV-1 (14.3%), two patients infected with HTLV-2 (11.1%), and one uninfected relative. Two cases of hyperinfestation by S. stercoralis were characterized as HTLV-1.

Conclusions

These results support the need for the routine investigation of S. stercoralis in patients with HTLV-1, in an attempt to prevent the development of severe forms of strongyloidiasis.

Keywords : Strongyloides stercoralis; HTLV; Coinfection.

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