DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/issn.2455-4529.IntJResDermatol20160354

Dirofilarial worms inside cutaneous nodules: a report with review of literature

Meer M. Chisthi, Aravind Reghukumar

Abstract


Dirofilaria is a filarial worm which affects humans as a zoonosis. The infection is carried by mosquito bite. In humans, the worm fails to achieve its full cycle and hence microfilaremia is absent. Apart from subcutaneous and subconjunctival locations, there are visceral and other presentations for the worm. Surgical removal and antihelminthic medications are the best options for treatment. We present a case of subcutaneous dirofilaria infection in a 13 year old boy from rural south India who presented with fever and a painless swelling on the leg. Detailed literature review is also enclosed.

Keywords


Cutaneous nodule, Dirofilaria, Microfilaria, Zoonosis

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