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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 77-79

Cytodiagnosis of filariasis from a swelling of arm


Department of Pathology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India

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Jyoti Prakash Phukan
Department of Pathology, Bankura Sammilani Medical College, P.O. Kenduadihi, Bankura- 722 102, West Bengal
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.97251

PMID: 23508558

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Cytological demonstration of microfilaria and adult worms often helps in diagnosis of asymptomatic filarial cases. But demonstration of microfilaria in cytological smears from upper extremity lesions is seldom reported. We are presenting a 32-year-old female patient with elongated, small subcutaneous swelling in the medial aspect of right lower arm. Aspirates from the lesion demonstrate microfilaria though there is no eosinophilia or microfilaremia on subsequent examination of blood sample. In endemic areas, filariasis should always be considered as a possible diagnosis during cytological assessment of any swelling.


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