Published: Tue, June 26, 2018
Medicine | By Debra Reynolds

Blemishes moving around woman’s face turn out to be parasitic worm

Blemishes moving around woman’s face turn out to be parasitic worm

And for our weekly trip to Nopeville, we give you the story of a 32-year-old woman from Russian Federation who had the shock of her life when she realized that the lump on top of her left eye wasn't really a lump.

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, the cause was a mobile parasitic worm.

A 32-year-old Russian woman went to the doctor after a mysterious lump moved around her face over the course of two weeks - and she made a horrifying discovery. Five days later, it appeared above the eye.

What happened next will quite literally make your skin crawl - within a few days, the lump had moved above her eye.

Dr. Kartashev, further added, "She documented these changes by taking photographs of her face".

She said it caused occasional itching and burning, but had no other symptoms.

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Finally, when her lip swelled up due to the lump, the woman went to see a doctor and was in for a rude surprise.

Doctors diagnosed a woman with a parasitic worm after she discovered a lump moving across her face.

According to guidelines from the European Society of Dirofilariosis and Angiostrongylosis (ESDA), Dirofilaria repens infections typically appear in humans near the eyes - "eyelids and under the conjunctiva (in such a case the worm can be easily observed, sometimes actively moving), subcutaneous tissues (nodules) in the chest wall, upper and lower limb, neck and in other body regions" such as the genitals.

Because the worms typically remain infertile in humans, the cure is usually to remove the parasite through a small incision. She has since made a full recovery.

Once in their new host, he said, the larvae mature into adult worms. This infection in dogs is more commonly referred to as heart worms.

In humans, these worms tend to navigate to the eyes.

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The lump transformed into a freaky medical case when it started to move around the woman's face.

However, transmission to humans is rare. In fact, Vladimir Kartashev, a professor of medicine at Rostov State Medical University, who treated the woman in this case study, wrote a study on dirofilariasis in 2015.

The bad news is that the number of human cases is increasing - and spreading.

But tourists who plan to travel to Russian Federation to watch the FIFA world cup this year are advised to always keep insect repellant at hand and cover themselves up if they plan on visiting the rural areas.

A series of photos showing the worm migrating around the woman's face, and after it was removed.

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