Baylisascaris procyonis

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Bay·lis·as·ca·ris pro·cy·on·is

a large roundworm commonly found in raccoons; has been the cause of human visceral larva migrans and ocular larva migrans, following accidental ingestion of embryonated Baylisascaris procyonis eggs in feces of infected raccoons.
See also: visceral larva migrans.

Baylisascaris procyonis

An intestinal parasite of raccoons, the eggs of which may be ingested by humans and 50 other species of mammals, hatch in the intestines and migrate through organs and muscles.
 
Clinical findings
Skin irritation, respiratory distress, hepatomegaly and fever due to larval migration, nausea, lethargy, incoordination, blindness, encephalitis, blindness, death.
 
Prognosis
Poor, profound neurologic impairment, partial paralysis, cotical blindness, developmental delay, etc.

Management
Deworming; possibly albendazole.

Baylisascaris procyonis

Raccoon roundworm Parasitology An intestinal parasite of raccoons, the eggs of which may be ingested by humans, hatch in the intestine and migrate through organs and muscles Clinical Nausea, fatigue, hepatomegaly, loss of muscle coordination, blindness, encephalitis, death Management Possibly, albendazole Prognosis Poor, profound neurologic impairment, partial paralysis, cortical blindness, developmental delay, etc

Baylisascaris procyonis

(bal?i-sas'ka-ris pro?se-on'is, se'on-is) [L. procyon, raccoon fr. Gr.]
The raccoon roundworm. Accidental consumption of roundworm eggs (such as by children who put contaminated soil in their mouths) can result in encephalitis. Synonym: raccoon ascaris
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