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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 142-144

A case of cutaneous paragonimiasis presented with minimal pleuritis


1 Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Japan
2 Department of Microbiology, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, Japan
3 Department of Surgery, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Manipur, India
4 Department of Parasitology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID), Tokyo, Japan

Correspondence Address:
T Shantikumar Singh
Department of Microbiology, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India

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DOI: 10.4103/2229-5070.105184

PMID: 23767026

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Clinically, paragonimiasis is broadly classified into pulmonary, pleuropulmonary, and extrapulmonary forms. The common extrapulmonary forms are cerebral and cutaneous paragonimiasis. The cutaneous paragonimiasis is usually presented as a slowly migrating and painless subcutaneous nodule. The correct diagnosis is often difficult or delayed or remained undiagnosed until the nodule becomes enlarged and painful and the cause is investigated. We report here a case of cutaneous paragonimiasis in a male child who presented with mild respiratory symptoms. The diagnosis of paragonimiasis was based on a history of consumption of crabs, positive specific serological test, and blood eosinophilia. The swelling and respiratory symptoms subsided after a prescribed course of praziquantel therapy.


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