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Trop Parasitol. 2018 Jul-Dec;8(2):110-113. doi: 10.4103/tp.TP_49_18. Epub 2018 Dec 27.

Human oral dirofilariasis.

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Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Goa Dental College and Hospital, Bambolim, Goa, India.


Zoonotic filarial infections particularly dirofilariasis have been reported worldwide. The route of transmission to human beings is vector-borne through mosquitoes. Increased mosquito activity subsequent to global warming has influenced the transmission of dirofilarial infection in many geographic regions, including Asia. Dirofilariasis presents as mucocutaneous and pulmonary infections. Dirofilarial infections rarely manifest in the oral and perioral region and can pose to be a diagnostic challenge to clinicians. We report the first case of oral dirofilariasis in Goa, India.


Dirofilaria repens; nematode; oral dirofilariasis

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