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Letters Incidental eosinophilia

Always take a travel history in eosinophilia

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3688
  1. Nick J Beeching, senior lecturer (clinical) in infectious diseases1,
  2. Imelda Bates, reader in tropical haematology2
  1. 1Clinical Group, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool L3 5QA, UK
  2. 2Disease Control Strategy Group, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  1. nbeeching{at}

We emphasise the need to take a travel history from all patients with eosinophilia and to clarify the appropriate investigations for parasitic infections, the most common cause of eosinophilia worldwide.1 Delay in taking a travel history can have serious consequences, such as failure to diagnose and treat asymptomatic strongyloidiasis before immunosuppressive therapy is given. …

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