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Using PCR-Based Sequencing to Diagnose Haycocknema perplexum Infection in Human Myositis Case, Australia.

A new interesting article has been published in Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Dec;24(12):2368-2370. doi: 10.3201/eid2412.181240. and titled:

Using PCR-Based Sequencing to Diagnose Haycocknema perplexum Infection in Human Myositis Case, Australia.

Authors of this article are:

Koehler AV, Leung P, McEwan B, Gasser RB.

A summary of the article is shown below:

We report a case of myositis in a male patient in Australia who had progressive weakness and wasting in his left lower limb. Although clinical, pathologic, and laboratory assessments were inconclusive, a new, nested PCR-coupled sequencing method enabled the unequivocal diagnosis of myositis caused by the enigmatic nematode Haycocknema perplexum.

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