Strange Lump Moving Around Woman's Face Was A Parasitic Worm

Strange Lump Moving Around Woman's Face Was A Parasitic Worm

Strange Lump Moving Around Woman's Face Was A Parasitic Worm

The report revealed that soon after the removal of the worm, the patient had a full recovery.

The woman experienced some itching and burning and went to an ophthalmologist to get the lump checked out, according to a case study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

A 32-year-old woman in Russian Federation noticed a small lump beneath her left eye, and she took a selfie to document the mysterious bulge, according to the report on The New England Journal of Medicine.

But dirofilariasis (the infection caused by these worms) is still more common in humans than you'd want it to be.

The life cycle: During a blood meal, an infected mosquito introduces larvae of Dirofilaria repens onto the skin of the canine definitive host (but also occasionally humans, especially in Europe), where they penetrate into the bite wound 1.

The woman said the bump felt a little itchy and burned at times (because, face worm), but she felt fine, otherwise.

The woman first noticed the lump under her left eye.

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According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically.

A physical exam found a lump that had moved from his arm to the back of his hand, which turned out to be - you guessed it - a massive worm crawling around under his skin. She also noted her recent trip and recalled being frequently bitten by mosquitoes. Five days later, another bump appeared above her left eye.

Dogs and other carnivores are typically hosts of this parasite, but mosquitos can carry it to humans, according to the report. The woman, who's name was left out of the report, began to show symptoms just after she traveled through a rural area located near Moscow.

According to Rostov State Medical University's Dr. Vladimir Kartashev, who treated the woman, there have been over 4,000 cases of humans being infected with Dirofilaria repens since 1997 in Russian Federation and Ukraine.

This specific parasite is not found in the USA, but can be found in Europe.

The bad news is that the number of human cases is increasing - and spreading. Mosquitoes serve as vectors for this parasite. They tend to be found in parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, where they've been known to grow up to 170 millimeters long and live up to 10 years.

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