Woman infected with a rare parasite experiences a moving lump on the face

A thirty-two years old Russian woman who experienced characteristically moving and itchy lumps on the face was diagnosed with a shocking condition. These lumps were caused by some kind of worm. According to the doctor involved in this case, the lady caught this worm that is reportedly a sort of Nematode, on getting bitten by the mosquitoes in the outskirts of Moscow.

Dr. Vladimir Kartashev at the Rostov State Medical University in Russia explained that the women had initially witnessed a nodule under the left eye, which moved up to the top of the left eye within just five days. Further, the worm made its way up to the woman’s upper lip in the next ten days.

Dr. Kartashev, further added, “She documented these changes by taking photographs of her face.” Kartashev, who wrote the case together with Fernando Simon at the University of Salamanca in Spain, explained, “The nodules occasionally caused a localized itching and burning sensation, but otherwise she had no symptoms.”

The worm was removed surgically and soon after the incision the woman completely recovered. As this worm remains typically infertile inside the human beings, the solution to these types of cases is generally removing the worm by a surgery. As told by Dr. Kartashev, the incision did not take more than fifteen minutes.

On subsequent DNA testing of the removed parasite, it was clear that the worm was a nematode parasite typically called Dirofilaria repens. The Dirofilaria repens usually infects carnivores such as dogs. This organism usually finds it difficult for breeding when human beings become the host through mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that tend to inject these parasites through their bites are generally found in certain regions of Asia, Africa, and Europe.

As said by Dr. Jorgen Kurtzhals, a professor at the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen University Hospital and president at the World Federation of Parasitologists, the nematode parasite is rarely known to cause any disease in human beings.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these parasites could grow up to a length of one hundred seventy millimeters and have a lifespan of up to five to ten years.

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