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Strange Lump Moving Around Woman's Face Was A Parasitic Worm

The mysterious

A Russian woman who watched perplexed as a lump appeared on her face and then moved from one place to the next discovered the lump was alive.

The bump was first noticed underneath her left eye, before it moved above it. Ten days after that, it was in her upper lip. Turns out, she had a particular kind of parasitic worm, Dirofilaria repens, living under her skin.

A case study featuring a lot of disturbing images about the woman and the worm in her face was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in a report titled "MigratingDirofilaria repens".

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Dirofilaria are long, thin parasitic roundworms that infect a variety of mammals, including humans on occasion.

After 10 days: the worm had crawled all the way down her face into her lip.

Fortunately, the worm is not found in the USA however there are other creepy crawlies lurking about to be concerned about.

The lump first appeared below her left eye.


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NEJM reported that she went to see an ophthalmologist, who did a physical examination and found a "superficial moving oblong nodule" around the left upper eyelid area, according to the case study.

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause bumps and lumps in the skin of your face, but this turned out to be none of those. The woman recalled being bitten "frequently" by mosquitoes during her travels.

Generally, though, the worm causes "no serious harm to humans (but certainly to the dogs)", Kurtzhals said. The agency further said that humans can at times get infected with the worm accidently.

The woman made a full recovery after the parasite was removed.

The woman reported having no other symptoms.

Doctors determined that the wandering wart was actually a marauding parasite, likely transmitted by a mosquito bite on her trip.

File of a previous dirofilaria repens case in a human. According to the doctor involved in this case, the lady caught this worm that is reportedly a sort of Nematode, on getting bitten by the mosquitoes in the outskirts of Moscow.