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Subcutaneous Sparganosis -- A Case Report
Ying-Chiao Huang, Yue-Zon Kuan, Wen-Cheng Chung
Dermatol Sinica 5: 183-188, 1987

A 35-year-old male noted an asymptomatic subcutaneous nodule over the left lower quadrant of the abdomen for two months. Two spargana were recovered from the excised tissue. The histopathological examination disclosed a sinus tract in the deep dermis and the subcutis surrounded by mixed inflammatory cells including numerous eosinophils and Charcot-Leyden crystals. The source of infestation may be due to drinking unboiled nature water. Nine cases were reported in Taiwan since 1922. These cases were reviewed in the text. The diagnosis was rarely made until the lesions were excised and the presence of sparganum was identified on gross or microscopic examination. Excision of the lesion was a curative treatment.

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