Cutaneous dirofilariasis affecting the parotid duct: a case report

Maxillofacial Surgery
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2010.0023
10
107-109
Cutaneous dirofilariasis affecting the parotid duct: a case report

Dirofilariasis is a parasitic infection caused by a nematode, which typically infects dogs. Incidental human infection remains rare but is increasing. Dirofilariasis typically presents as a subcutaneous lesion or pulmonary nodules. Here we present the case of a 32-year-old British man who presented with mealtime symptoms from obstruction of Stensen’s duct. On histology the cause of this mass was found to be Dirofilaria. He reported a travel history of repeated visits to Sri Lanka and it is thought that he acquired the infection during one such visit. The pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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