Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

Strange Lump Moved Around Woman's Face, Turned Out To Be A Worm

Strange Lump Moved Around Woman's Face, Turned Out To Be A Worm

The larvae then make their way into the mosquito's mouth parts and, Nolan said, when the mosquito bites an animal - or a human - they crawl quickly into the bite site.

Several days after returning home, the Russian woman noticed a small lump just above the left eye.

She experienced only occasional itching and burning as the worm slithered under her skin. And 10 days later, there was another lump on her upper lips, which causes a big swelling in that area.

A woman mystified by itchy, moving lumps on her face got a surprising and somewhat horrifying diagnosis: they were made by a worm.

After two weeks, the woman went to get the lump checked out.


"After removal of the worm the patient had a full recovery", they added.

The patient reportedly told physicians she'd traveled outside Moscow to rural Russian Federation, where she'd been the victim of a lot of mosquito bites. "A parasite was fixed with forceps and removed surgically". This organism usually finds it hard for breeding when human beings become the host through mosquito bites.

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Doctors describe her case report in the New England Journal of Medicine, stating the unidentified 32-year-old woman recently traveled to a rural area outside of Moscow where she was bitten by mosquitos.

It's relatively harmless for humans.


The bad news is that the number of human cases is increasing - and spreading. But other than that it doesn't do much harm, according to the CDC.

In humans, the parasitic infection usually shows up as lumps beneath the skin, and sometimes, the lumps - or rather, the worms - move around. As the parasite can not lay eggs inside a human host, once the organism is removed, the patient is well enough to go home.

Humans are aberrant hosts for D. repens, which means that our bodies do not normally host the parasite and don't give it ideal conditions for it to mature. Cases have been reported around the globe, particularly in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that D. repens are not found in the USA, but the country does harbor relatives D. immitis, which cause heartworm disease in dogs, and D. tenuis, which affect raccoons.

But according to the report in Parasites & Vectors, if D. repens continues to spread, it's possible that it could be introduced in the USA by infected dogs who come into the country.

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