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A Practical Approach to Screening for Strongyloides stercoralis

Published inTropical medicine and infectious disease, vol. 6, no. 4, 203
Publication date2021-11-29
First online date2021-11-29

Strongyloides stercoralis, causative agent of a neglected tropical disease, is a soil-transmitted helminth which may cause lifelong persisting infection due to continuous autoinfection. In the case of immunosuppression, life-threatening hyperinfection and disseminated strongyloidiasis can develop. We propose a pragmatic screening algorithm for latent strongyloidiasis based on epidemiologic exposure and immunosuppression status that can be applied for any kind of immunosuppressive therapy. The algorithm allows the diagnosis of latent strongyloidiasis with optimal accuracy in a well-equipped setting, while for endemic settings where the complete testing array is unavailable, an empiric treatment is generally recommended. Accurate diagnosis and extensive empiric treatment will both contribute to decreasing the current neglect of strongyloidiasis.

  • Strongyloidiasis
  • Immunosuppression
  • Screening
  • Corticosteroids
  • SARS-CoV-2
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CARNINO, Luisa et al. A Practical Approach to Screening for Strongyloides stercoralis. In: Tropical medicine and infectious disease, 2021, vol. 6, n° 4, p. 203. doi: 10.3390/tropicalmed6040203
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