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infection by worms of the genus Toxocara.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
Infection with nematodes of the genus Toxocara; parenterally migrating larvae, chiefly of Toxocara canis, may cause visceral larva migrans; ocular involvement results in either a solitary granuloma in the retina, peripheral inflammatory masses, or chronic endophthalmitis.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
A disease caused by a parasitic nematode of the genus Toxocara, transmitted to humans by ingestion of a substance, such as soil, that has been contaminated by dog or cat feces and typically affecting either the eye or the internal organs. The ocular form of the disease can lead to permanent loss of vision.
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toxocariasisVisceral larva migrans Parasitology A disease primarily of children due to dog–Toxocara canis and cat–T cati parasites that inhabit the GI tract and release eggs in the feces; when children ingest eggs from contaminated plants, dirt, stool, eggs hatch into larvae in GI tract, burrow through the wall and migrate elsewhere, primarily to liver and lung, but also brain, eye, etc, causing inflammation and tissue damage in transit Clinical Fever, pulmonary complaints–eg, cough, wheezing, seizures, rash, ↓ visual acuity due to migration through ocular structures–periorbital edema, strabismus Prognosis Generally self-limited, Sx eventually disappear; there is no specific therapy
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Infection with nematodes of the genus Toxocara; parenterally migrating larvae, chiefly of T. canis, may cause visceral larva migrans; ocular involvement results in a solitary retinal granuloma, peripheral inflammatory masses, or chronic endophthalmitis.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
toxocariasisInfection, via the mouth, with the juvenile forms of the common bow-shaped puppy worm Toxocara canis . This is a frequent event in children in contact with puppy fur and contaminated soil. Infection causes a transient illness with fever, lassitude, loss of appetite, pallor and often coughing and wheezing. Rarely, a juvenile worm may lodge in an eye and cause a tumour-like mass on the retina that may damage vision and may be mistaken for the highly malignant RETINOBLASTOMA. Puppies are often infected before birth and should be de-wormed regularly.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
Infection with nematodes of the genus Toxocara.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012