TITLE

A tourist with tungiasis

AUTHOR(S)
Leung, Alexander K. C.; Woo, Tom; Robson, William Lane M.; Trotter, Martin J.
PUB. DATE
August 2007
SOURCE
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;8/14/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 4, p343
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on a 35-year-old man, who was presented with a slightly painful papule with a central dark spot on his right heel. It had developed 2 weeks before his return to Canada after a 3-month vacation in Ecuador. The lesion was typical of tungiasis, which is endemic to Ecuador. A skin biopsy revealed the characteristic exoskeleton of Tunga penetrans, as well as its internal organs and eggs just beneath the stratum corneum. Tungiasis is highly prevalent in many resource-poor communities in developing countries. Definitive treatment of tungiasis consists of sterile curettage or excision.
ACCESSION #
26582897

 

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