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Indian J Dent Res. 2014 Mar-Apr;25(2):236-9. doi: 10.4103/0970-9290.135932.

Oral dirofilariasis.

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Departments of Oral Pathology and Microbiology, Amrita School of Dentistry, Kochi, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Filariasis affecting animals can rarely cause infections in human beings through the accidental bite of potential vectors. The resulting infection in man, known as zoonotic filariasis occur worldwide. Human dirofilariasis, the most common zoonotic filariasis, is caused by the filarial worm belonging to the genus Dirofilaria. Dirofilarial worms, which are recognized as pathogenic in man can cause nodular lesions in the lung, subcutaneous tissue, peritoneal cavity or eyes. Oral dirofilariasis is extremely rare and only a few cases have been documented. We report an interesting case of dirofilariasis due to Dirofilaria repens involving buccal mucosa in a patient who presented with a facial swelling. The clinical features, diagnostic issues and treatment aspects are discussed. This paper stresses the importance of considering dirofilariasis as differential diagnosis for subcutaneous swelling of the face, especially in areas where it is endemic.

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PMID:
24992859
DOI:
10.4103/0970-9290.135932
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