Tropical Parasitology

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: 2018  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 106--109

Cardiac arrest in a case of systemic lupus erythematosus and hepatitis-B coinfection: Can Strongyloides stercoralis be the culprit?


Kumar Saurabh1, Vibhor Tak2, Vijaya Lakshmi Nag2, Gopal Krishna Bohra3 
1 Department of Microbiology, Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar, India
2 Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
3 Department of General Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr Vibhor Tak
Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan
India

Strongyloides stercoralis is one of the most important helminths causing neglected tropical diseases. Its ability to cause autoinfection can lead to chronic infections and hyper infection, especially in autoimmune cases and prove to be highly fatal. We report a case of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) having hepatitis-B coinfection, who presented with rash all over the body, recurrent nausea, vomiting, cough, loose stool, and joint pain for 1 month and was later on found to be infected with S. stercoralis. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest during his hospital stay, which was efficiently managed. S. stercoralis infection in cases of SLE and other immunocompromised conditions must be treated at the earliest, to prevent fatal cardiac arrests and other complications.


How to cite this article:
Saurabh K, Tak V, Nag VL, Bohra GK. Cardiac arrest in a case of systemic lupus erythematosus and hepatitis-B coinfection: Can Strongyloides stercoralis be the culprit?.Trop Parasitol 2018;8:106-109


How to cite this URL:
Saurabh K, Tak V, Nag VL, Bohra GK. Cardiac arrest in a case of systemic lupus erythematosus and hepatitis-B coinfection: Can Strongyloides stercoralis be the culprit?. Trop Parasitol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Oct 17 ];8:106-109
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