Shifting lump on woman’s face was a worm crawling under her skin

Shifting lump on woman’s face was a worm crawling under her skin
Shifting lump on woman’s face was a worm crawling under her skin
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26 June, 2018

After five days, the lump had moved on the top of her left eyelid, below her eyebrow.

A woman who went to an ophthalmologist complaining of lumps that were appearing and disappearing in various places on her face received a surprising and somewhat horrifying diagnosis.

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

All this while, the 32-year-old patient felt an itching and burning sensation. Her unusual lump became a case study in The New England Journal of Medicine by two leading professors from Russian Federation and Spain-Migrating Dirofilaria repens.

Ten days after she first noticed it, the worm had crawled all the way down into her lip, causing it to swell up.

"A physical examination showed a superficial moving oblong nodule at the left upper eyelid", her doctor wrote in a case report.

The worm is a type of parasitic infection that mosquitoes can carry to humans from infected dogs and other carnivores. In humans, D. repens are caught crawling under the skin by victims noticing shifting subcutaneous nodules, as did the woman in the case report.

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It gets transmitted via mosquitoes and that's how it gets into humans, but the consequences are far less dire than other parasite infections.

The worms are spread by mosquito bites, and human cases have been reported in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa, the 2011 report said.

The 32-year-old woman recently traveled to a rural area outside of Moscow, according to her case report in the "New England Journal of Medicine". Now we've had a very unwelcome reminder face creepy-crawlies are indeed possible, thanks to the case of a woman in Russian Federation. "A parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically".

A 2015 study in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases found records of 1,272 cases of infection in Russian Federation and Belarus between January 1997 and June 2013.

They increased from eight in 1997 to almost 200 cases in 2012.

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause bumps and lumps in the skin of your face, but this turned out to be none of those. Some patients reported "a feeling of "crawling" under the skin", that 2014 study said.

The worm rarely poses any dangers and patients make a full recovery once it has been removed.


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