Shifting lump on woman’s face was a worm crawling under her skin

Moving blemishes turn to be parasitic worms

A Lump Moving Across a Woman's Face Was a Parasitic Worm Crawling Under Her Skin

A 32-year-old woman in Russian Federation visited medics after noticing odd lumps on her face for two weeks, where she discovered she had a worm living under her skin.

The 32-year-old woman, who was not identified in the report published by the New England Journal of Medicine, documented random bumps on her face with a series of selfies during a two-week period. The bump was first noticed below her left eye, then it moved above her left eye and then to her upper lip. After five days, the lump had moved on the top of her left eyelid, below her eyebrow.

After 10 days the likeness of the pimples disappeared, but then the Russians lip swelled up to incredible size. Doctors said the bumps were itchy and caused a burning sensation.

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The worm rarely poses any dangers and patients make a full recovery once it has been removed. Turns out, she had a particular kind of parasitic worm, Dirofilaria repens, living under her skin.

NEJM reported that she went to see an ophthalmologist, who did a physical examination and found a "superficial moving oblong nodule" around the left upper eyelid area, according to the case study.

A parasitic worm, Dirofilaria repens, was living in a 32-year-old woman's face in Russian Federation.

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The parasite was surgically removed, and the patient fully recovered. In humnans, D. repens usually manifests as either a wandering worm in the subcutaneous tissue or a granulomatous nodule, although there are reports of pulmonary dirofilariasis with this species. They typically choose cats, dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes and sea lions to live inside. Transmission to humans is rare. They can, however, literally crawl under one's skin. However, that is not where they want to be, as the worms are unable to reproduce inside humans. Vladimir Kartashev, a professor of medicine at Rostov State Medical University who treated the Russian woman wrote a study on dirofilariasis in 2015 which revealed that between June 1997 and June 2013 almost 1,300, mostly women who visited rural areas, were infected in Russia.

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause bumps and lumps in the skin of your face, but this turned out to be none of those. In this photo, a surgeon and his theatre team perform key hole surgery to remove a gallbladder at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, March 16, 2010.

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