A Practical Approach to Eosinophilia in a Child Arriving or Returning From the Tropics

  • Penelope Bryant
  • Nigel CurtisEmail author
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 697)


Eosinophilia is usually defined as an eosinophil count in the peripheral blood of greater than 0.35×109/L. The list of causes of eosinophilia is long and includes some that are rare in children (Table 1) [1–3]. Infection with helminthic parasites is the commonest cause of eosinophilia in children who are either immigrants from a developing country or returned travellers from tropical locations.


Parasitic Infection Eosinophil Count Lymphatic Filariasis Helminthic Infection Pulmonary Eosinophilia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Children’s Hospital MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PaediatricsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of General MedicineParkvilleAustralia
  4. 4.Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research GroupMurdoch Children’s Research Institute: Royal Children’s Hospital MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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