Infectious Disease Compendium

Loa loa

Microbiology

Nematode worm.

Epidemiologic Risks

Spread by biting flies in West and Central Africa.

Syndromes

Subcutaneous swellings, esp around joints, with marked eosinophilia as it wanders about the body. It can cause focal infections (meningitis) and can be seen migrating across the conjunctiva. Ick.

Treatment

Diethylcarbamazine.

Notes

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

Loa loa 125.2.