Lump That Moved Across Woman’s Face Leads to Stomach-Churning Find

23 Junio, 2018, 19:24 | Author: Earnest Bishop
  • A Lump Moving Across a Woman's Face Was a Parasitic Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

A 32-year-old woman in Russian Federation took a selfie when she noticed a lump under her left eye.

After her trip, she noticed an unusual lump on her cheek, below her left eye. Ten days after that, it was in her upper lip.

The type of worm which lodged itself in the woman's eye are the kind which can enter people's immune system and cause elephantiasis or blindness.

In a series of selfies, the woman tracked the mysterious lump as it moved across her face.

The lumps occasionally caused an itching or burning sensation, according to a case report in the New England Journal of Medicine, but otherwise weren't painful or causing any other symptoms. Still, she visited an ophthalmologist to get the spot checked out.

According to guidelines from the European Society of Dirofilariosis and Angiostrongylosis (ESDA), Dirofilaria repens infections typically appear in humans near the eyes - "eyelids and under the conjunctiva (in such a case the worm can be easily observed, sometimes actively moving), subcutaneous tissues (nodules) in the chest wall, upper and lower limb, neck and in other body regions" such as the genitals.

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The treatment for a Dirofilaria repens infection is actually quite simple, as the worm will simply have to be surgically removed. The woman made a full recovery after the procedure.

On subsequent DNA testing of the removed parasite, it was clear that the worm was a nematode parasite typically called Dirofilaria repens. According to a 2015 study by Kartashev and colleagues that reviewed data on Diro?laria cases in Russian Federation and Belarus, the number of reported cases increased from eight in 1997 to almost 200 cases in 2012.

The worm turned out to be a relatively harmless parasite that she contracted from a mosquito bite. However, luckily, these worms can nearly never reproduce in humans, and all symptoms usually disappear quickly if the worm is removed - so if you've noticed any odd lumps moving around your body after a mosquito bite, you should probably get to a doctor.

The worms, generally found in certain parts of Europe, Africa and Asia, are known to be as long as 170 millimeters and can thrive for 10 years, as per the CDC.

Mr Ali said: 'When I walk, I feel as if a weight of four to five kgs have been tied to my legs.

In March the story surfaced of Ashraf Ali, a 24-year-old man from Sheikh Darra in Pakistan, who is virtually bedridden as a result of elephantiasis in his legs.

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