A fatal case of Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis in Taiwan

Mei Yu Su, Ming Shih Lee, Ling Yuh Shyu, Wei Chen Lin, Pei Ching Hsiao, Chi Ping Wang, Dar Der Ji, Ke Min Chen, Shih Chan Lai

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Abstract

After bathing at a hot spring resort, a 75-year-old man presented to the emergency department because of seizure-like attack with loss of conscious. This is the first case of primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) caused by Naegleria fowleri in Taiwan. PAM was diagnosed based on detection of actively motile trophozoites in cerebrospinal fluid using a wet-mount smear and the Liu's stain. The amoebae were further confirmed by PCR and gene sequencing. In spite of administering amphotericin B treatment, the patient died 25 days later.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-206
Number of pages4
JournalKorean Journal of Parasitology
Volume51
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Su, M. Y., Lee, M. S., Shyu, L. Y., Lin, W. C., Hsiao, P. C., Wang, C. P., Ji, D. D., Chen, K. M., & Lai, S. C. (2013). A fatal case of Naegleria fowleri meningoencephalitis in Taiwan. Korean Journal of Parasitology, 51(2), 203-206. https://doi.org/10.3347/kjp.2013.51.2.203