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Cutis. 1998 Jul;62(1):33-5.

Cutaneous larva migrans complicated by erythema multiforme.

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  • 1Dermatology Service, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado, USA.


Cutaneous larva migrans is an intensely pruritic serpiginous eruption caused by the dog or cat hookworm. Often, the disease is self-limiting and no other significant pathology develops; however, a significant localized inflammatory response to the nematode is extremely common. We present a case of cutaneous larva migrans in which a systemic inflammatory process ensued that was characteristic of erythema multiforme. We discuss possible mechanisms of this complication and review the literature.

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