Subcutaneous larva migrans of a sparganum in a gnathostomiasis-endemic area


We report a case of subcutaneous larva migrans caused by a tape worm (sparganum), a rare and under-recognized food-borne parasitic zoonosis, in Nan Province, Northern Thailand. An obese 56-year-old female presented a 3-month history of an intermittent migrating subcutaneous nodule in the abdomen associated with pain and itching. Physical examination showed a tubal resection scar on the lower abdomen with a swelling and movable irregular, and firm nodule with ill-defined border at the right lower quadrant of abdomen. Blood examination showed slight increased of eosinophil levels (6%). Excisional biopsy showed a viable non-segmented tape worm in the subcutaneous tissue identified by morphological examination and Western blot technique as a sparganum. Surgical removal is recommended for a worm in the subcutaneous connective tissues and superficial muscles.

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Akkarachinorate, K. , Udnan, P. , Chaisiri, K. , Komalamisra, C. , Dekumyoy, P. , Pakdee, W. , Praevanich, R. , Mongkhonmu, S. and Watthanakulpanich, D. (2013) Subcutaneous larva migrans of a sparganum in a gnathostomiasis-endemic area. Case Reports in Clinical Medicine, 2, 530-534. doi: 10.4236/crcm.2013.29138.

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