Tungiasis under dermoscopy: in vivo and ex vivo examination of the cutaneous infestation due to Tunga penetrans

Tungiasis under dermoscopy: in vivo and ex vivo examination of the cutaneous infestation due to Tunga penetrans

Alternative title Tungíase sob dermatoscopia: exame in vivo e ex vivo da infestação cutânea pela Tunga penetrans
Author Criado, Paulo Ricardo Google Scholar
Landman, Gilles Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Reis, Vitor Manoel Silva Dos Google Scholar
Belda Junior, Walter Google Scholar
Institution Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
Abstract The female flea Tunga penetrans is responsible for a cutaneous parasitosis known as Tungiasis. We report the clinical case of a 12 year-old Caucasian boy who sought treatment in a dermatological private office due to a painful lesion in the plantar area and whose dermoscopic examination, without skin contact, allowed the visualization of parasite's movement inside the skin. The diagnosis of tungiasis is clinical, but it can be aided by in vivo and ex vivo dermoscopic examination of the lesion.

A fêmea da pulga Tunga penetrans é responsável pela dermatose ectoparasitária denominada Tungíase. Relatamos o caso clínico de um adolescente branco de 12 anos de idade, o qual procurou atendimento em consultório dermatológico devido à lesão dolorosa na planta e cujo exame dermatoscópico sem contato com a pele permitiu visualizar o movimento do parasita dentro da pele. O diagnóstico da tungíase é clínico, porém pode ser auxiliado pelo exame dermatoscópico in vivo e ex vivo da lesão.
Keywords Communicable diseases
Dermoscopy
Ectoparasitic infestations
Siphonaptera
Dermoscopia
Doencas transmissiveis
Ectoparasitoses
Sifonapteros
Language English
Date 2013-08-01
Published in Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia. Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia, v. 88, n. 4, p. 649-651, 2013.
ISSN 0365-0596 (Sherpa/Romeo)
Publisher Sociedade Brasileira de Dermatologia
Extent 649-651
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/abd1806-4841.20132071
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
SciELO ID S0365-05962013000400649 (statistics in SciELO)
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/7874

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