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Publication Type : Journal Article
Publisher : Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Source : Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research, Volume 25, Number 2, p.236-239 (2014)
Keywords : case report, dirofilariasis, female, human, Humans, middle aged, Mouth Diseases
Campus : Kochi
School : School of Dentistry
Department : Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology and Microbiology
Verified : Yes
Year : 2014
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.
Cite this Research Publication : M. Janardhanan, Rakesh, S., and Savithri, V., “Oral dirofilariasis”, Indian journal of dental research : official publication of Indian Society for Dental Research, vol. 25, pp. 236-239, 2014.