Abdominal Imaging

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 253–256 | Cite as

Hepatic granulomas due to visceral larva migrans in adults: Appearance on US and MRI

  • R. Jain
  • S. Sawhney
  • D. K. Bhargava
  • S. K. Panda
  • M. Berry


Visceral larva migrans is a syndrome characteristically involving children with a history of pica, and usually presents with fever, abdominal pain, tender hepatomegaly, and hypereosinophilia. Hepatic granulomas of visceral larva migrans are rare in adults. We describe three adult patients with hepatic lesions which on histopathology demonstrated characteristic granulomas of visceral larva migrans. All patients had abdominal sonograms and two had additional MR scans of the liver. Both ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated characteristic appearances which have not been described previously (viz., ill-defined central necrotic areas surrounded by concentric thick walls and perifocal edema in the liver parenchyma).

Key words

Liver Visceral larva migrans Toxocariasis Diagnosis Ultrasound Magnetic resonance imaging 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Jain
    • 1
  • S. Sawhney
    • 1
  • D. K. Bhargava
    • 2
  • S. K. Panda
    • 3
  • M. Berry
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radio-diagnosisAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Department of GastroenterologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Department of PathologyAll India Institute of Medical SciencesNew DelhiIndia

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