Amebic encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris in a Czech child: description of the first case from Europe.

@article{Kodet1998AmebicEC,
  title={Amebic encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris in a Czech child: description of the first case from Europe.},
  author={R. Kodet and Eva Noh{\'y}nkov{\'a} and Martin Tich{\'y} and Jan Soukup and Govinda S. Visvesvara},
  journal={Pathology, research and practice},
  year={1998},
  volume={194 6},
  pages={423-9}
}
We describe a fatal case of amebic encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris in a 3-year-old Czech boy who had never traveled abroad. This is the first such infection reported in Europe. The diagnosis was established by brain biopsy, in which abundant trophozoites and a few round amebic cysts were identified. The presence of multiple nucleoli in some trophozoites suggested the organism to be Balamuthia mandrillaris and this was confirmed by indirect immunofluorescence. The amebae invaded… CONTINUE READING

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